Do We Really Need Bits? Toward a Return to Contract in International Investment Law
Jason Webb Yackee
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 121-146, March 2008
In contrast to arguments commonplace in the extant literature promoting bilateral investment treaties (BITs) I argue that BITs are not necessary to resolve any pressing problems of credible commitment or obsolescing bargain. I point out that investors have long had the ability to credibly commit to treat investors fairly through investment contracts. I recommend that developing countries consider forgoing BITs in favor of a regime in which foreign investors are required to bargain for special treatment.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: bilateral investment, BITs, international investment law, arbitration, investment risks, BIT substitutesAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 4, 2008
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