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Asia's Changing International Investment Regime: Sustainability, Regionalization, and Arbitration

Edited by: Julien Chaisse, Tomoko Ishikawa, Sufian Jusoh

ISBN13: 9789811058813
Published: November 2017
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Singapore
Format: Hardback
Price: £109.99

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This book focuses on the Asia-Pacific region, delineating the evolving dynamics of foreign investment in the region. It examines the relationship between efforts to increase foreign direct investment (FDI) and efforts to improve governance and inclusive growth and development. Against a background of rapidly developing international investment law, it emphasises the need to strike a balance between these domestic and international legal frameworks, seeking to promote both foreign investment and the laws and policies necessary to regulate investments and investor conduct.

Foreign investments play a pivotal role in most countries' political economies, and in order to encourage cross-border capital flows, countries have taken various steps, such as revising their domestic legal frameworks, liberalising rules on inward and outward investment, and creating special regimes that provide incentives and protections for foreign investment. Alongside the developments in domestic laws, countries have also taken bilateral and multilateral action, including entering into trade and/or investment agreements. Further, the book explores regional investment trends, highlights specific features of Asia-Pacific investment laws and treaties, and analyses policy implications. It addresses four overarching themes: the trends (how Asia-Pacific's agreements compare with recent global trends in the evolving rules on foreign investment); what China is doing; current investment arbitration practice in Asia; and the importance of regionalising investment law in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, it identifies and discusses the research and policy gaps that should be filled in order to promote more sustainable and responsible investment.

The book offers a valuable resource not only for academics and students, but also for trade and investment officials, policy-makers, diplomats, economists, lawyers, think tanks, and business leaders interested in the governance and regulation of foreign investment, economic policy reforms, and the development of new types of investment agreements.

Other Jurisdictions , Asia, International Investment Law
Foreword- Shamshad Akhtar, Tenth Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNSCAP) and United Nations Sherpa for the G20
1. Introduction- Julien Chaisse (CUHK), Tomoko Ishikawa (Nagoya University), and Sufian Jusoh (National University of Malaysia)

2. The Changing Patterns of Investment Rule-Making: Issues and actors- Julien Chaisse (CUHK), Tomoko Ishikawa (Nagoya University), and Sufian Jusoh (National University of Malaysia)
3. Shaping Globalization: Recent Trends in Asia-Pacific Foreign Direct Investment- Bekzod Abdullaev and Douglas H. Brooks, Australian APEC Study Centre, RMIT University
4. Reforming the International Investment Regime: Two Challenges- Karl P. Sauvant, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
5. Investment Protection and Host State's Right to Regulate in Indian Model Bilateral Investment Treaty 2015: Lessons for Asian countries- Prabhash Ranjan, Associate Professor, South Asian University, New Delhi;
6. China and International Investment Law- Leon Trakman, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

7. Ten as one? Explaining ASEAN Regulation on Foreign Investment- Julien Chaisse (CUHK) and Sufian Jusoh, (National University of Malaysia)
8. China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Investment Treaty: Implications for Future Investment Negotiations in Asia- Shintaro Hamanaka, Economist, Office for Regional Economic Integration, Asian Development Bank
9. Searching for an Ideal International Investment Protection Regime for ASEAN+ Dialogue Partners (RCEP): Where Do We Begin?- Junianto James Losari, Associate, Allen & Overy, Singapore
10. 'One Belt, One Road': China's New Big Plan and its Impact on FDI- He Jun, Researcher, Foreign Economic Cooperation Centre, Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China
11. The Role of Pacific Rim FTAs in the Harmonization of International- Investment Law: Towards A Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific- Mark Feldman, Rodrigo Monardes Vignolo And Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle

12. The future of investor-state Arbitration: Revising the Rules?- Rahul Donde, Cabinet Levy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva and Julien Chaisse, Associate Professor and Director CFRED, Faculty of Law, CUHK
13. Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) cases in the Asia-Pacific Region - The record- Martina Francesca Ferracane, Policy Analyst, European Centre for International Political Economy, Brussels
14. Breaking the Market Dominance of ICSID? An Assessment of the Likelihood of Institutional Competition, Especially From Asia, In The Near Future- Andrea Bjorklund, Faculty of Law, McGill University and Bryan Druzin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, CUHK