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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.
EU trade chief downbeat on China accord, other Asian deals
A planned EU-China investment agreement looks unlikely to be struck by September as planned because of the coronavirus outbreak, European Union trade chief Phil Hogan said.
EU adopts Vietnam trade deals despite human rights concerns
European lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved free trade and investment deals between the EU and Vietnam, despite concerns about the human rights situation in the country.
A new approach on investment
A US-India trade deal will have historic significance, especially if it ushers in a period of strong collaboration to advance a shared bilateral trade agenda and effectively resolves troubles as they arise.
Canada, Ethiopia to start negotiating investment agreement: Trudeau
Prime Minister Trudeau brought the promise of an investment agreement with Ethiopia, as he continued his bid to get African votes for Canada‘s attempt to win a United Nations Security Council seat.
India inks first investment treaty with Brazil post-approval of new templates in 2015
India inked an Investment Cooperation and Facilitation Treaty with Brazil – the first one after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government in December 2015 approved a new template for such bilateral pacts.
Paraguayan FM: Ties with Turkey strengthen through further cooperation
The Paraguay president plans to visit Turkey in March 2020 and sign an agreement for the reciprocal promotion and protection of investments.
India, Brazil to sign strategic action plan
India and Brazil will upgrade their strategic partnership with an “action plan” and sign a bilateral investment treaty.
EU tells China more access needed to seal investment accord
Trade Chief Hogan says he still wants to do a deal in 2020. China has been in talks with EU on investment since 2013.
View: It’s time for govt to rethink the investor-State dispute regime
India has a faced a number of claims from foreign investors over the years under the BIT regime. It is presently engaged in over 20 investor-State disputes, with a number of them revolving around retrospective tax claims.
Investment will overshadow trade in Japan-U.S. talks
The Japan-U.S. Trade Agreement (JUSTA), the pinnacle for modern trade policy between the two allies, is now in force.
S. Korean investment agreements allow paper companies to request international arbitration
South Korea has concluded no fewer than 99 investment agreements that allows paper companies to take advantage of investor-state dispute system.
Japan, Morocco sign agreement for promotion and protection of investment
This agreement aims at further protection and promotion of investment between the contracting parties.
The EU plurilateral draft termination agreement for all intra-EU BITs: An end of the post-Achmea saga and the beginning of a new one
This termination agreement marks the culmination of the European Commission’s and several Member States’ efforts to abolish intra-EU investment arbitration proceedings from the European legal order.
Intra-EU investment reform: What options for the Energy Charter Treaty?
The leaked treaty for the termination of intra-EU BITs can be seen as the culmination of an ongoing effort by the EU Commission to discourage investment arbitration between Member States, reflecting a tension between public international law and EU law.
China’s new policy on foreign investment and the security of intellectual property
Proper mandatory licenses will be exempt from claims for expropriation under the China BIT model.
The US-China trade deal phase two – digital trade, intellectual property, cyber intrusions, and a bilateral investment treaty
The phase two agreement is to be digitally focused and could include a US-China bilateral trade agreement.
Next India-EU summit expected in first half of 2020: EU envoy
The European Union said it was hopeful of forward movement in negotiations with India on the long-pending free trade agreement, and favoured opening separate talks for an investment protection treaty.
Experts caution Uganda on investment treaties
Most Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) are not just used by investors to inform their investment decisions, but are increasingly becoming tools used to sue States in a foreign or international court.