The Foundations of International Investment Law

Bringing Theory into Practice

Zachary Douglas (Redaktør) ; Joost Pauwelyn (Redaktør) ; Jorge E. Vinuales (Redaktør)

International investment law is one of the fastest growing areas of international law. It has led to the signing of thousands of agreements, mostly in the form of investment contracts and bilateral investment treaties. Les mer
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International investment law is one of the fastest growing areas of international law. It has led to the signing of thousands of agreements, mostly in the form of investment contracts and bilateral investment treaties. Also, in the last two decades, there has been an exponential growth in the number of disputes being resolved by investment arbitration tribunals. Yet the legal principles at the basis of international investment law and arbitration remain in a state of
flux. Perhaps the best illustration of this phenomenon is the wide disagreement among investment tribunals on some of the core concepts underpinning the regime, such as investment, property, regulatory powers, scope of jurisdiction, applicable law, or the interactions with other areas of
international law.

The purpose of this book is to revisit these conceptual foundations in order to shed light on the practice of international investment law. It is an attempt to bridge the growing gap between the theory and the practice of this thriving area of international law. The first part of the book focuses on the 'infrastructure' of the investment regime or, more specifically, on the structural arrangements that have been developed to manage foreign investment transactions and the potential disputes
arising from them. The second part of the book identifies the common conceptual bases of an array of seemingly unconnected practical problems in order to clarify the main stakes and offer balanced solutions. The third part addresses the main sources of 'regime stress' as well as the main legal
mechanisms available to manage such challenges to the operation of the regime.

Overall, the book offers a thorough investigation of the conflicting theoretical positions underlying international investment law, testing their worth by reference to concrete issues that have arisen in the jurisprudence. It demonstrates that many of the most important practical questions arising in practice can be addressed by a carefully dosed resort to theory.

Fakta

Innholdsfortegnelse

PART I: THE PLACE OF INVESTMENT LAW AMONG INTERNATIONAL REGIMES; PART II: CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS OF INVESTMENT LAW; PART III: MANAGING REGIME STRESS WITHIN INVESTMENT LAW

Om forfatteren

Zachary Douglas is Associate Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a barrister at Matrix Chambers.

Joost Pauwelyn is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He is also Co-Director of the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) and Senior Advisor with the law firm of King & Spalding LLP.

Jorge E. Vinuales is Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge.