Reforming the Present International Legal Framework for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): Basic Elements for an Analytical and Policy Framework

8 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2015 Last revised: 26 May 2015

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Ramon Torrent

University of Barcelona

Federico Ortino

King's College London - The Dickson Poon School of Law

Xavier Fernandez-Pons

University of Barcelona

Federico Lavopa

University of San Andres (UMSA)

Altagracia Acuevas

University of Barcelona

Olga Bogurina

University of Barcelona

Tilahun E. Kassahun

Bocconi University

Weiwei Zhang

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Date Written: February 25, 2015

Abstract

There is already a substantial body of literature on the reform of the whole landscape of International Investment Agreements (IIAs). Recent UNCTAD’s work in this area (in particular the Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development – IPSFD) is welcomed and is promising. However, there is the danger that analysis becomes polluted by political viewpoints, policy recommendations are based on insufficiently clear and rigorous reflection gives way to routine thinking. Very schematically, this very short Policy Brief intends, first, to put forward some analytical conclusions that should be either accepted or rejected on purely analytical grounds and, second, to offer some coherent, but only very basic, framework for IIAs reform, balancing the different and conflicting perspectives and interests.

Keywords: International Investment Agreements,IIAs, framework for IIAs reform

Suggested Citation

Torrent, Ramon and Ortino, Federico and Fernandez-Pons, Xavier and Lavopa, Federico and Acuevas, Altagracia and Bogurina, Olga and Kassahun, Tilahun E. and Zhang, Weiwei, Reforming the Present International Legal Framework for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): Basic Elements for an Analytical and Policy Framework (February 25, 2015). Bocconi Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2570596, King's College London Law School Research Paper No. 2015-25, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2570596 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2570596

Ramon Torrent (Contact Author)

University of Barcelona ( email )

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Federico Ortino

King's College London - The Dickson Poon School of Law ( email )

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Xavier Fernandez-Pons

University of Barcelona ( email )

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
Barcelona, 08007
Spain

Federico Lavopa

University of San Andres (UMSA) ( email )

Vita Dumas 284
(1644) Victoria, Pcia
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires 1644
Argentina

Altagracia Acuevas

University of Barcelona ( email )

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
Barcelona, 08007
Spain

Olga Bogurina

University of Barcelona ( email )

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
Barcelona, 08007
Spain

Tilahun E. Kassahun

Bocconi University ( email )

Via Sarfatti, 25
Milan, MI 20136
Italy

Weiwei Zhang

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) ( email )

PO Box 136
Geneva, CH-1211
Switzerland

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