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Kyrgyz Republic’s experience with investment treaties and arbitration cases
The Kyrgyz Republic currently faces investment claims in the proximity of 1 billion USD, arising out of investment dispute settlement cases.
Poland plans to terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with Portugal
On 18 July 2017 the Polish Council of Ministers submitted to the Parliament a draft proposal allowing the President to unilaterally terminate the Poland-Portugal BIT
Why RCEP is more dangerous than bilateral investment treaties
Crucial to RCEP’s investment protection chapter is the highly controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism, a system of privatised justice characterised by international arbitration tribunals outside of the reach of domestic legal systems, explains Cecilia Olivet of TNI
FTAs loaded against Third World, says researcher
The Andhra Pradesh government will have to pay up $ 44.71 million in damages if it loses the case in the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) for cancellation of an agreement with UAE-based company Ras Al-Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA).
What’s at stake at China-US Comprehensive Economic Dialogue?
Experts said the upcoming dialogue will be a good chance for negotiation on a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).
What is Brazil bringing to the table? Dispute prevention and resolution under the Brazilian Agreements on Cooperation and Facilitation of Investments (ACFI)
The ACFI model focuses on dispute prevention and bilateral governance, limiting arbitration to the State-to-State level.
Cabinet approves interpretative notes between India, Bangladesh
The JIN includes the definition of investor and investment, exclusion of taxation measures, Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET), National Treatment (NT) and Most Favoured Nation (MFN) treatment, expropriation, essential security interests and settlement of disputes between an investor and a contracting party,
Katainen suggests dropping investment from trade deals
The European Union could drop investment from major free trade deals in an effort to ease ratification, Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen.
Fumbling towards multilateralism? A first read of the investment text in the Japan-EU FTA
The EU and Japan seemed to have scrapped the classic BIT/investor protection architecture as a model.
Rwanda needs its own Bilateral Investment Treaty model
If Rwanda clings to BIT approach, its scope should be limited. Alternatively, it can embark on a more attractive investment climate in lieu of BITs.
US junks Bilateral Investment Treaty talks
Talks deadlocked on investor dispute settlement.
Mainland, Hong Kong sign new deals on investment, Ecotech
According to the investment agreement, the mainland commits to providing the most favored treatment to Hong Kong. The agreement on Ecotech specially emphasizes mainland’s support to Hong Kong in participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Brazil’s Cooperation and Facilitation Investment Agreements (CFIA) and recent developments
Brazil has never approved any BITs nor did it sign the ICSID Convention but it continued to receive significant amounts of foreign direct investment (FDI), consolidating its position as one of the world’s top recipients of FDI
Expansion of the Energy Charter to Africa and Asia: Undoing reform in international investment law?
The Energy Charter Secretariat is in expansion mode, wanting to gain access to energy resources in Africa and Asia for its current—mostly developed country—members, and extending a far-reaching (and outdated) investment protection system to investments in resource-rich countries.
The 835 reasons not to sign trade and investment agreements
A democratic decision to regulate a privatised essential service or to return it to public control could potentially trigger international investment arbitration if a country is bound by an international investment treaty.
Phase 2 of IIA reform: Modernizing the existing stock of old-generation treaties
International investment agreement (IIA) reform has made significant progress.
‘Investment pact system needs review’
‘IIA, which has a pro-investor bias, aims to protect only capital and not labour,’ said Saurabh Garg, the Joint Secretary in Indian Finance Ministry’s Department of Economic Affairs.
European firms bet on BIT prospects
European companies are hoping that a bilateral investment treaty between China and European Union can be concluded within 12 months.
The CJEU’s opinion on EU-SING FTA: More confusion than clarity
One thing is clear: the European Commission did not obtain the full exclusive competence which it was hoping.
Ecuador withdraws from its remaining investment treaties
The withdrawal of Ecuador from these BITs responds to the final stage of a review process that started in 2008, and which had led to the establishment of a joint government-civil society audit commission.