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Attribution in International Investment Law

ISBN13: 9789041196750
Published: August 2018
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: Netherlands
Format: Hardcover
Price: £164.00

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Attribution in International Investment Law is the first in-depth book on attribution in international investment law analysing the treatment of attribution in applicable legal instruments and investment arbitration jurisprudence worldwide. The term ‘attribution’ refers to the means by which it is ascertained whether the State is involved in a dispute governed by international law. The notion of attribution is primarily used to determine if the State is responsible for the wrongful conduct of persons or entities with links to the State. In the context of international investment law, the exponentially growing arbitration jurisprudence arising from international investment agreements, especially bilateral investment treaties, reflects the extent and risk of attribution determined in investment relationships that often involve State enterprises. This book provides an extensive review of the application of special or customary rules of attribution for the purposes of State responsibility in investor-State disputes.

What’s in this book:

The analysis responds to such questions as the following:

  • When is a conduct attributable to the State for the purposes of its responsibility under international investment law?
  • What legal instruments govern the question of attribution under international investment law?
  • In what circumstances is the State the proper party to a contract entered into by a State-owned enterprise with an investor protected by an investment treaty?
  • How can State policymakers minimise their international legal responsibility within the existing framework of attribution in international investment law?
  • How can investors maximise their protection within the existing framework of attribution in international investment law?
Also covered are the procedural treatment of attribution by investment tribunals, explication of such broad-brush wordings as ‘elements of governmental authority’ and ‘under the direction or control’ and the impact of the rise of State-owned enterprises as investors. Ongoing and future trends in the jurisprudence are also taken into account facilitating the understanding of the diversity of State organisation and the variety of ways in which State enterprises interact with foreign investors or act as foreign investors.

How this will help you:

A one-stop reference on the question of attribution in international investment law, the analysis extracts identifiable commonalities among instruments and rulings, turning them into useful practice tools. This book will prove to be an invaluable instrumental reference tool for practitioners advising States or investors in investment disputes. Providing practical guidance as to the circumstances in which an act or omission is attributable to a State in international investment law, this book will be welcomed by arbitrators, in-house counsel for companies doing transnational business and international arbitration centres, and by academics in international arbitration.

International Investment Law, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
The State as an International Investment Law Subject
States and Foreign Investments
The Notion of Attribution in International Investment Law
The Sources of Attribution in International Investment Law
The Attribution of Internationally Wrongful Conduct
The Attribution of Internationally Lawful Acts
The Attribution of Claims by State Enterprises
The Procedural Treatment of Attribution
Attribution Issues in EU Investment Agreements
Attribution: Quo Vadis?
Table of Cases