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EU investment deal with China likely to hinge on three key elements, says European trade official
Crucial European demands include subsidies to state-owned enterprises, access to the Chinese market and environmental issues, according to top official.
The termination of bilateral investment treaties in the EU – one agreement to end them all?
On 5 May 2020, 23 Member States of the EU entered into an Agreement for the Termination of Bilateral Investment Treaties between the Member States of the European Union.
EU Member States sign an agreement for the termination of intra-EU bilateral investment treaties
23 EU Member States signed an agreement for the termination of intra-EU bilateral investment treaties.
Pandemic profiteers: how foreign investors could make billions from crisis measures
Governments’ emergency actions in the wake of COVID-19 could prompt a wave of arbitration lawsuits for billions of dollars by multinational corporations and investment lawyers.
China moves to keep EU investment talks on track
The two sides have been making slow progress, but vice-premier Liu He’s phone conversation with his European counterparts is seen as an attempt by Beijing to refocus attention on the matter.
Brazil India investment cooperation and facilitation treaty (2020)
This is Brazil’s 10th and India’s 4th bilateral investment agreement since both nations had adopted their Model Bilateral Investment Treaty.
Ukraine, Iceland to speed up preparation of mutual investment protection agreement
Foreign Minister of Ukraine and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland agreed to accelerate the preparation of an agreement on promotion and mutual protection of investments.
Unctad says Covid-19 implications go as far as intl investment agreements
Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, many investment-focused initiatives have been cancelled or postponed. The crisis may also have implications on negotiations of international investment agreement.
Epidemic sovereignty? Contesting investment treaty claims arising from coronavirus measures
Allegedly arbitrary or disproportionate measures, albeit in the public interest, provide regular grist for the mill of investment treaty arbitration.
Zimbabwe’s white farmers angered by ‘racist’ edict
The group, representing nearly 4,500 dispossessed commercial farmers, said the new regulations only affect ‘’indigenous’’ farmers and foreigners protected by Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs).
Could COVID-19 emergency measures give rise to investment claims? First reflections from Italy
Emergency measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect the economy could lead to claims under bilateral investment treaties.
Mexico: Investors need to protect foreign investments in times of changing treaty protections
Because of changing attitudes with regard to "expansive" investor protections contained in current treaties, investors need to think ahead and negotiate for the necessary protections to be included in investment contracts.
Nigeria signed 28 investment agreements in 16 years – Official
The model used for negotiation of Nigeria’s investment agreements was reviewed between 2014 and 2016 to balance investor’s rights with obligations.
Talks on China-EU investment deal will continue, EC president says
Delayed negotiations will ‘proactively proceed’, Ursula von der Leyen tells Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in phone call.
Việt Nam, Senegal look to sign extra deals to boost trade, investment
The two sides agreed to continue completing a legal framework for the signing of a memorandum of understanding on trade and agreements on investment protection.
China-EU summit to be postponed due to coronavirus - sources
A summit planned for the end of March in Beijing between China and the European Union is set to be postponed due to the coronavirus.
Zimbabwe offers land as compensation for 800 seized farms
The dispossessed farmers covered in the land compensation scheme are citizens of countries that have bilateral investment agreements with Zimbabwe.
The ISDS reform process: The missing development agenda
For developing countries, governing foreign direct investment through IIAs and ISDS corresponds to a policy model discredited by years of social and economic failures.
Nepal’s bilateral investment treaties
Nepal has signed six bilateral investment treaties that can be described as first generation i.e. a template of BITs that were championed by inves­tor-friendly Western European countries
Appeal in ISDS: Appealing for the host state?
The basis of a claim in ISDS is always the applicable international investment agreement. There would always be differences and inconsistencies with an appellate mechanism.