A New Role for the WTO in International Investment Law: Public Interest in the Post Neoliberal Period

50 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2010 Last revised: 5 Nov 2013

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David A. Collins

The City Law School, City, University of London

Date Written: February 14, 2010

Abstract

This paper discusses how the WTO may operate as a suitable forum for a multilateral agreement on investment in order to ensure that public interest issues are not neglected. Recognizes that foreign direct investment often threatens the environment, labour and cultural of host states, especially those the developing world which often offers lower regulatory standards in order to attract foreign investment. Jurisprudence relating to GATT and GATS general exceptions as well as international standards seen in the SPS and TBT may provide guidance for the regulation of international investment through a global treaty.

Keywords: WTO, Foreign Direct Investment, Public Interest, Developing States

Suggested Citation

Collins, David A., A New Role for the WTO in International Investment Law: Public Interest in the Post Neoliberal Period (February 14, 2010). Connecticut Journal of International Law, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 1-35, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1552927

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