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Substantive Protection under Investment Treaties: A Legal and Economic Analysis (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)

Substantive Protection under Investment Treaties: A Legal and Economic Analysis (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)

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Jonathan Bonnitcha
Cambridge University Press, 8/14/2014
EAN 9781107042414, ISBN10: 1107042410

Hardcover, 432 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
Language: English

Substantive Protection under Investment Treaties provides the first systematic analysis of the consequences of the substantive protections that investment treaties provide to foreign investors. It proposes a new framework for identifying and evaluating the costs and benefits of differing levels of investment treaty protection, and uses this framework to evaluate the levels of protection for foreign investors implied by different interpretations of the fair and equitable treatment and indirect expropriation provisions of investment treaties. The author examines the arguments and assumptions of both supporters and critics of investment treaties, seeks to test whether they are coherent and borne out by evidence, and concludes that the 'economic' justifications for investment treaty protections are much weaker than is generally assumed. As such, the 'economic' objectives of investment treaties are not necessarily in tension with other 'non-economic' objectives. These findings have important implications for the drafting and interpretation of investment treaties.

1. Introduction
2. The structure of existing debate
3. A framework for evaluating different levels of investment treaty protection
4. Fair and equitable treatment
5. Indirect expropriation
6. Application of the framework and conclusions
7. Implications of the conclusions
8. The future of debate about investment treaties.