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States are increasingly framing their international investment agreements within larger regional arrangements. What began most prominently with the North American Free Trade Agreement in the 1990s is coming to be emulated across the globe.
Over the past ten years, major regional arrangements have been adopted in Asia and Africa and more are on the way. The on-going negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), encompassing countries from Asia, North and South America portend a potentially major shift in the international investment treaty landscape.
The regionalization of investment treaty arrangements raises important and timely issues for policy-makers, practitioners and academics. The contributions to this volume examine the contents and character of this new generation of agreements and address the difficult questions raised by the coexistence of regional and bilateral investment treaties. In addition, the contributions in this volume investigate the motivations behind regionalization and critically ask what regionalization tells us about the future of international investment law.