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Corporate social responsibility clauses in investment treaties
Corporate social responsibility provisions do not change the corporate or ethical duties of companies into enforceable legal obligations in the context of dispute settlement proceedings but they could help significantly moralize the use of treaty-based arbitration.
Szijjártó meets with Belarusian counterpart in Minsk
Hungary and Belarus signed an investment protection agreement.
Belarus - India BIT (2018)
As released by the Goverrnment of India
EU’s investment court may be bump in China’s Belt and Road plan
The EU has proposed to reform the investor-state-dispute-settlement system, a move that could further complicate negotiations with China over a bilateral investment agreement, as well as their dialogue on the Belt and Road Initiative’s implementation in Europe.
Taiwan, India sign updated bilateral investment pact
Taiwan and India signed a revised bilateral investment agreement
Today we work to build something else than free trade, says Javier Echaide of Attac Argentina
Interview with Javier Echaide, lawyer and member of Attac Argentina
Trade agreements and the land: Investment agreements and their potential impacts on land governance
While promising economic growth, large-scale land investment deals have caused increased inequality, widespread displacement of people, and destruction of natural resources.
Ecuador keen on strengthening trade relations with Qatar
Ecuador has “prioritised” efforts to sign bilateral investment treaty and trade agreement with Qatar.
Maldives committed to protect foreign investment: President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
A bilateral investment protection agreement is expected to be signed between India and the Maldives.
A summary of public concerns on investment treaties and investor-state dispute settlement
International investment agreements, specifically bilateral investment treaties and the investment chapters in free trade agreements, have come under the spotlight for what are seen as skewed provisions that grant excessive rights to foreign investors.
China to release new negative list for investment: sources
The new list will lay down foundations that will be conducive for further negotiations on the bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between China and the EU.
BITs of Bangladesh: Are they national interest friendly?
Bangladesh has about 30 BITs of which those with international arbitration provisions tilt to protect corporate interests more than the national interest of Bangladesh as reflected in the Saipem, Chevron, and Niko arbitrations.
Singapore and Argentina to boost economic ties
Singapore and Argentina Prime Ministers welcomed the progress made on negotiations for a bilateral investment treaty and said they expect to conclude talks by the first half of next year.
India, Gabon discuss bilateral trade, investment
Gabon has shown interest in entering into a Bilateral Investment Treaty with India. Gabon has the 6th largest reserves of Manganese in the world. Gabon is also making efforts to attract investment from India in construction of railway lines in key mining clusters.
US companies want Japan trade deal to cover services
US businesses are seeking a comprehensive trade deal with Japan that also includes services and investments even as Tokyo tries to limit the scope of upcoming bilateral talks to goods only.
Govt mulls delinking investment from FTAs, seeks legal opinion
Certain ISDS (Investor-state dispute settlement) cases against India led it to review its stand on investment treaties.
17th AEC Council meeting held in Singapore
ASEAN Economic Ministers and AEC Ministers signed the ASEAN Agreement on e-Commerce, concluded the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and finalised the fourth protocol to amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).
Special economic zones: engines of development or sites of exploitation?
Many SEZs have been associated with compressions of land, labour and human rights. Investment treaties protect investments against adverse regulatory change, including in SEZs. To date, investors have brought at least 20 arbitrations to challenge diverse aspects of SEZ regimes.
Taiwan still pushing for EU investment deal: MOFA
The foreign ministry said that most EU countries are supportive of an agreement with Taiwan.
Netherlands model investment agreement (Oct 2018)
As released by the Government of the Netherlands