Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy 2015-2016

ISBN : 9780198809722

Lisa E. Sachs; Lise Johnson
480 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Dec 2017
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- The only annual publication to provide an overview of current developments in the global international investment law and policy field
- Provides up-to-date, authoritative information that practitioners can use to understand trends as well as monitor and advise clients regarding FDI regulatory developments
- Informs academics, researchers, and government officials of the key issues and debates in their field

New to this Edition:
- Analysis of problems that pervade commonly used FDI data and that raise questions about the use of such data to form policy
- An in-depth discussion of key developments in investment treaties in an era of rapid and significant change
- An overview of important decisions in investment treaty law, covering issues of procedure and substance
- New insights and evidence on such issues as the rates of success in investment treaty cases, and the impact of claims on government decision-making
- Insights on emerging issues such as how fragmented production and global value chains relate to the definition of covered 'investments' and damages available for harm to those investments

The Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy is an annual publication which provides a comprehensive overview of current developments in the international investment law and policy field, focusing on recent trends and issues in foreign direct investment (FDI), investment treaty practice, and investor-state arbitration.

Several themes emerge in this 2015-2016 edition of the Yearbook. Key among them is the undercurrent of change and evolution in investment law and policy, as well as that of investment trends. Part I of this edition covers fundamental shifts in the investment treaty landscape in 2015 and 2016, underscoring the uncertainty over the direction of future agreements. This edition also highlights changes in the practices of multinational enterprises over time and raises question as to whether efforts to track and understand firms' investments through data on FDI have kept pace. The discussion of investment arbitration decisions and awards highlights outcomes which, in some cases, suggest new directions of arbitral decisions.

This theme continues in Part II. Chapters highlight emerging understandings regarding outcomes of treaty disputes, and the ways in which treaties and decisions are shaping government decision-making. There is discussion on how change in international business, including the fragmentation of production and consumption in global value chains, is or is not reflected in the design and application of investment treaties. There is also coverage of change in China, both in terms of China's legal status as a (non)market economy under WTO law, and in how arbitrators have arguably altered longstanding Chinese policies regarding the territorial reach of Chinese treaties. This edition also reflects a maturation of investment law, as new analysis highlights the importance of nuance in commonly stated conclusions and principles. Chapters ask "what does and should 'equality of the parties' mean in investment law?", especially when disparate access to resources and information seems to tilt the playing field. Other chapters investigate the implications of the fact that states, considered as one entity for the purpose of responsibility at the international level, often are made up of different relatively autonomous units.

Edited by an Editorial Committee and overseen by an Advisory Board of esteemed global experts in the field of international investment law, the Yearbook is an essential tool for practitioners and academics looking for a resource of timely and authoritative information in this field.


Table of Cases; Table of Primary Sources; Part I; 1 Ilan Strauss: Explaining Global Trends in FDI in 2015 and Beyond; 2 Jesse Coleman, Lisa Sachs, Lise Johnson, and Kanika Gupta: International Investment Agreements, 2015-2016: A Review Of Trends And New Approaches; 3 Kendra Magraw: Notable Developments in International Investment Arbitration Case Law: 2015-2016; Part II; 4 Karen Remmer: The Outcomes of Investment Treaty Arbitration: A Reassessment; 5 Mark Feldman: Multinational Enterprises and Investment Treaties; 6 Shu XU, Yingying WU, Henry Hailong JIA: Investment Law's Roots in Customary International Law: Why investment law and trade diverge regarding the Right to Regulate; 7 Jean-Michel Marcoux: Embedding the International Investment Regime: An assessment of UNCTAD's proposal for reform; 8 Eve Bain: When Some Are More Equal Than Others: The need for a more substantive conception of 'equality of the parties' in investment arbitration; 9 Facundo Perez-Aznar: Federal States and Investment Arbitration; 10 Giorgio Sacerdoti: Has China Become 'Legally' a Market-Economy Country on 11 December 2016 under The WTO Antidumping Agreement? Analyzing an open question; 11 Chin Leg Lim: Fragrant Harbour and Oyster Mirror: Beijing's investment treaty policy toward Hong Kong and Macao; 12 Gus Van Harten and Dayna Nadine Scott: Investment Treaties and the Internal Vetting of Regulatory Proposals: A Case Study from Canada (Part 2); 13 Ely Caetano Xavier Junior and Jose Augusto Fontoura Costa: Expropriation in Brazil's Cooperation and Facilitation Investment Agreements: A failed attempt to think outside the box

About the author: 

Lisa Sachs is the Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). Since joining CCSI in 2008, she established and now oversees the three areas of focus for CCSI: investments in extractive industries, investments in land and agriculture, and investment law and policy. She specializes in extractive industries, foreign investment, corporate responsibility, and integrated economic development. She received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, and earned her J.D. and an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, where she was a James Kent Scholar and recipient of the Parker School Certificate in International and Comparative Law. ; Lise Johnson is the Investment Law and Policy Head at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). Her work at CCSI centers on analyzing investment treaties and treatybased investor-state arbitrations, and examining the implications those instruments and cases have for host countries' domestic policies and sustainable development strategies. In addition, she concentrates on key institutional and procedural aspects of the investment law framework, including efforts to increase transparency in and legitimacy of investor-state dispute settlement. She has a B.A. from Yale University, J.D. from University of Arizona, LL.M. from Columbia Law School, and is admitted to the bar in California

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