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General Interests of Host States in International Investment Law

Edited by: Giorgio Sacerdoti

ISBN13: 9781107050235
Published: May 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £75.00



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Signatory States have the right to take action in order to maintain their financial stability, stimulate economic development or further their non-economic interests (such as health, the environment and food security). However, such measures can potentially conflict with the rights of foreign investors.

Regulators and policy makers must take States' international commitments toward foreign investors into account when making decisions. They must also avoid resorting to protectionism in drafting new treaties. With this tension in mind, this book offers a balanced reappraisal of bilateral treaties and regional agreements on foreign investments.

The sensitive issues are examined in the light of the case law of arbitral investment tribunals and other international courts, and the analysis highlights how cross-fertilisation between trade and investment can assist in resolving conflicts.

Subjects:
International Investment Law
Contents:
Part I. General Interests of Host States in the Application of Investment Treaties:
1. The application of BITs in time of economic crisis: limits to their coverage, necessity and the relevance of WTO law Giorgio Sacerdoti
2. The protection of general interests of host states in the application of the fair and equitable treatment standard Mara Valenti
3. Indirect expropriations and regulatory takings: what role for the 'legitimate expectations' of foreign investors? Anna De Luca
4. Trade and investment law: what relations? Friedl Weiss
5. On the evolution and slow convergence of international trade and investment law Jurgen Kurtz
6. Sovereign wealth funds as protected investors under BITs and the safeguard of the national security of host states Michele Barbieri

Part II. The Protection of Non-investment Concerns in International Investment Law:
7. The integration of non-investment concerns as an opportunity for the modernization of international investment law: is a multilateral approach desirable? Pia Acconci
8. Intellectual property protection in investment agreements and public concerns Antonietta Di Blase
9. Up-keeping non-economic values in development assistance. Does the World Bank practice what it preaches? Answers from the Inspection Panel Agostina Latino
10. The protection of indigenous peoples concerns in the World Bank-funded projects Martina Guidi

Part III. The Protection of General Interests of Host States and the EU as a New Player in the Investment Arena:
11. The future of BITs between EU member states: are intra-EU BITs compatible with the internal market? Paola Mariani
12. European Union restrictions to the free movement of capital vs. BITs guarantees: learning from the European Court of Justice case law Elsa Milanesi
13. Ensuring the consistency of the EU investment policy within the EU external action: the relevance of non-trade values Alessando Perfetti
14. Non-financial concerns in the lending policy of the European Investment Bank in context Emanuela Pistoia

Part IV. The Protection of General Interests of Host States in the Trade and Investment Context: Other Regional Perspectives:
15. The protection of general interests of host states in regional agreements in the Asia-Pacific area Claudio Dordi
16. Domestic policies and international investment agreements in MERCOSUR countries Arno Dal Ri and Paulo De Alcantara Veloso

Part V. The Protection of General Interests of Host States from the Italian Perspective:
17. Italy's treaty practice and case law: what balance between investors' protection and general interests of states? Federico Ortino and Domenico Di Pietro
18. Diplomatic intervention and state-to-state arbitration as alternative means for the protection of foreign investments and host states' general interests: the Italian experience Matilde Recanati.