A Unified Theory of Fair and Equitable Treatment

65 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2013


Since the beginning of the decade, international arbitral tribunals have struggled unsuccessfully to define the obligation of “fair and equitable treatment” required by the vast majority of the world’s 2,600 bilateral investment treaties (BITs). Although by the end of 2008 more than fifty awards had been issued by international tribunals interpreting that standard, none of them has purported to offer a unified theory of the standard. This article endeavors to supply such a theory.

Keywords: bilateral investment, BITs, international tribunal, international arbitral tribunal, international arbitration, fair and equitable treatment

JEL Classification: K19, K33

Suggested Citation

Vandevelde, Kenneth J., A Unified Theory of Fair and Equitable Treatment. New York University Journal of International Law and Politics (JILP), Vol. 43, No. 1, p. 43, 2010, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Research Paper No. 2357642, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2357642

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