The Politics of South-South Bilateral Investment Treaties
Lauge N. Skovgaard Poulsen
London School of Economics and Political Science
July 1, 2009
THE POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW: RISK AND OPPORTUNITY IN CRISIS, T. Broude, M. Busch, and A. Porges, eds., Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming
The paper analyzes systematic patterns of investment treaty rule-making using a large sample of bilateral investment treaties (BITs). Focusing on national treatment and transfer provisions, it finds that BITs signed between two developing countries are typically less wide-ranging than North-South BITs. Yet restrictions in South-South BITs are ‘levelled out’ by the treaties’ most-favoured-nation provisions leading to a de‐facto coherence in developing countries’ BIT‐networks. The paper concludes by speculating whether this paradoxical pattern might have been unintended on the part of developing country negotiators.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: Investment TreatiesAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 10, 2010 ; Last revised: October 2, 2010
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