Promises and Pitfalls of the European Union Policy on Foreign Investment - How Will the New EU Competence on FDI Affect the Emerging Global Regime?
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Law
February 21, 2012
Journal of International Economic Law 15.1 (2012): 51-84
This article analyses constitutional changes and policy consequences concerning the transfer to the supranational level of an external competence in the field of investment resulting from the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). It states that EU Member States lose their competence to conclude investment treaties and analyse legal innovations at the EU level. The new comprehensive European investment policy may enable the EU to utilise its leverage to negotiate favourable terms with non-Member States and consistency in protection standards worldwide, leading to an even (as well as a superior) playing field for EU investors. This horizon however, is darkened by technical but important issues of investment treaties implementation and the uncertain future of existing investment treaties signed by Member States. This article shows that these legal innovations offer a rich canvass against which international legal issues of “systemic importance” are discussed, while the policy lessons are explored covering preferential trade policy and the next generation of investment treaties. Legal issues and policy strategies will in turn impact the international regime for investment.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: European Union, Investment law, lisbon treaty
JEL Classification: F00, F02, F21, F23, F36, G38, K00, K33Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 25, 2012 ; Last revised: August 23, 2012
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