International Investment Law and Sustainable Development: Key cases from 2000-2010

By Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Lise Johnson on July 4, 2011

This book summarizes and analyzes select decisions issued between 2000 and 2010 by arbitral tribunals in investor-state arbitrations.

In contrast to other books on bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and other investment agreements, it examines the decisions with the aim of highlighting how they may impact sustainable development. Through such issues as jurisdiction, the interpretation of states' substantive treaty obligations, and the use and availability of defences, the book highlights how the decisions affect the scope of the treaties and may impact the will and ability of governments to advance their domestic goals and policies. The book also contains two organizational charts: one listing the issues addressed in each of the roughly 20 cases included in the book, and one grouping the cases by their relevant common issues.

Publication details

Investment Law & Policy
Focus area
IISD, 2011