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China, EU to hold 32nd round of investment treaty negotiations
The 32nd round of China-European Union bilateral investment treaty negotiations will kick off next week.
China-Germany-EU leaders’ meeting charts course for development of ties amid COVID-19 pandemic
During the meeting, the Chinese and EU leaders stated their commitment to speeding up the negotiations of the China-EU Bilateral Investment Treaty to achieve the goal of concluding the negotiations within this year.
Shaping future UK trade policy: investment protection provisions
As the UK regains full responsibility for its trade and investment policy post-Brexit, it must seriously consider its approach to international investment protection.
Are EU-China trade relations at a crossroads?
European leaders were angry about Xinjiang camps and the Hong Kong crackdown. A long-awaited EU-China summit produced sharper rhetoric but nothing substantive as the bloc struggles to find a coherent approach to China.
Merkel says EU put pressure on China over investment agreement
European Union leaders told Chinese President Xi Jinping to speed up negotiations to conclude a China-EU investment deal.
Crucial EU-China summit faces challenges
EU aims at accelerating and concluding the negotiations on an ambitious investment agreement by the end of the year.
Hegemony 101 in international investment law
The hegemon aspirants in international investment law have already, and perhaps unwittingly, revealed their three step manual: Disguise, dismiss, divert.
5th Angola-EU ministerial meeting - Joint way forward
The terms of Angola’s accession to the EU-SADC EPA are aimed to be finalised by 2021. Both sides confirmed their intention to start exploratory discussions on an EU-Angola investment agreement.
Mining companies dominate ISDS treaty-shopping claims from Australian companies
Australia, with its many Bilateral Investment Treaties and FTAs, contributes to a system of treaty shopping by mining companies looking to sue governments over unfavourable decisions.
Indo-Pacific guidelines: Germany’s new China plan
Berlin wants to diversify its relations, position itself more broadly, conclude further free trade agreements – also in order to no longer be so dependent on Beijing.
Australian government to review its Bilateral Investment Treaties
The Australian Federal Government has announced it is reviewing the bilateral investment treaties (BITs) to which Australia is a party.
Beijing, Tokyo should upgrade investment pact
In the context of warming ties between China and Japan, the two countries should launch negotiations on an upgraded bilateral investment agreement as soon as possible, as well as start negotiations for a China-Japan free trade agreement.
Zimbabwe is offering land back to BIPPAs and black farmers. Betrayal or the law? Here are the facts
There are only two types of farmers that can be compensated for both land and improvements on farms. On of them is farmers whose land was protected by Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreements.
Why China’s diplomatic push may not be enough to secure EU investment deal
Despite a recent charm offensive by senior Chinese diplomats, the chances of wrapping up a landmark investment deal with the European Union remain uncertain, analysts said.
Investor-state disputes arising from COVID-19: balancing public health and corporate wealth
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments globally are engaging in a difficult balancing act of protecting public health, mitigating economic damage and avoiding interference with private rights.
BITs and bonds: The international law and economics of sovereign debt
Recent jurisdictional decisions suggest that sovereign debt will be subject to bilateral investment treaties for the foreseeable future.
Global firms expected to sue UK for coronavirus losses
Governments around the world – including the UK – face a wave of lawsuits from foreign companies who complain that their profits have been hit by the pandemic.
The Covid-19 pandemic and liability under investment treaties
COVID-19 can increase liability for countries under international investment treaties. Developing countries face imminent challenges under such treaties.
Nigeria begins reforms of international investment agreements
Nigeria is undertaking series of reforms of the country’s bilateral investment treaties to attract responsible, inclusive, balanced and sustainable investments.
PNG-Aust sign strategic economic partnership
The governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia signed the Papua New Guinea-Australia comprehensive strategic and economic partnership (CSEP).