La facilitation de l’investissement à l’OMC : une tentative d’introduire une question controversée dans une organisation en crise

Cela fait maintenant 18 mois que 70 membres de l’OMC ont entamé des discussions structurées sur la facilitation de l’investissement (FI). Les participants parachèvent actuellement la dernière phase de leurs travaux : examiner les exemples de divers éléments et questions qui pourraient servir de base pour un cadre multilatéral sur la FI. Les auteures retracent l’histoire des discussions relatives à l’investissement au sein de l’OMC et examinent l’évolution récente de la gouvernance internationale de l’investissement dans d’autres forums. Elles se penchent sur les difficultés pouvant naître de l’élaboration de disciplines sur la FI, notamment si celles-ci sont contraignantes, ainsi que sur l’importance de considérer quels sont les forums les plus appropriés pour mener ces discussions.

The Merits and Limitations of General Exception Clauses in Contemporary Investment Treaty Practice

The international investment agreement (IIA) regime is experiencing an unprecedented surge in public attention. Prime examples are the debates surrounding the conclusion of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Trade and Investment Agreement (CETA) and the ongoing negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement between the United States and the European Union (TTIP). In Germany, […]

State Regulatory Autonomy and Tobacco Control in International Trade and Investment Law

Tobacco companies are frequently turning to international trade and investment agreements as a tool to challenge domestic tobacco control measures. Cases to date include: Indonesia’s successful challenge before the World Trade Organization (WTO) of the U.S. exemption of menthol from its ban on flavoured cigarettes;[1] the pending WTO claims by Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia […]

ITN  |  juillet 19, 2012

Trends in Investor Claims Over Feed-in Tariffs for Renewable Energy

As governments increasingly turn to renewable energy to mitigate climate change, domestic climate-related policies in the form of price support measures such as feed-in tariffs (FiTs) have played an important role in stimulating the much needed investment—public and private, domestic and foreign—in the sector. Feed-in tariffs are characterized by guaranteed electricity purchase prices (set higher […]

Investment Law and Public Services: Clashes of Interests or Peaceful Coexistence?

[T]he Tribunal must balance the legitimate and reasonable expectations of the Claimants with […] [the] right to regulate the provision of a vital public service.[1] This quote from an investment arbitration tribunal highlights the relationship between international investment law and the regulation of public services. This essay illustrates areas of contention between the requirements of […]

ITN  |  juillet 12, 2011

Federalism and international investment disputes

One of the more politically controversial aspects of international investment protection treaties is the liability of a State when political sub-divisions are found to have breached that State’s treaty obligations to foreign investors. This issue is particularly significant in federal States, such as Canada, the United States, Australia or Germany, among others, where sub-national governments […]