Investorenschutz und Klimaschutz: Dringende Maßnahmen bekommen ein Preisschild (Foreign Investor Protection and Climate Action: A New Price Tag for Urgent Policies)

12 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2015 Last revised: 19 Apr 2016

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Gus Van Harten

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: December 14, 2015

Abstract

German Abstract: Mit dieser Publikation soll dargelegt werden, wie Investor-Staat-Klagen die politischen Kräfteverhältnisse zugunsten großer Konzerne verschieben und die eigentlich notwendigen Klimaschutzmaßnahmen ins Hintertreffen geraten. Außerdem werden das Potential einer massiven Ausweitung von ISDS-Klagen und die damit verbundenen Risiken für die Klimapolitik in geplanten Handelsabkommen und die zentralen Schwachstellen der letzten ISDS-Reformvorschläge der Europäischen Kommission diskutiert.

English Abstract: From a climate perspective, not all investment is equal. Desirable investment in clean energy needs encouragement and protection, while undesirable investment in fossil fuels needs clear policy signals to avoid further investment in destructive activities and stranding more assets. In this paper, evidence is presented on how foreign investor protection provisions in trade and investment agreements tilt the playing field in favor of entrenched incumbents and against urgent action on climate; on the potential for a massive expansion of investor-state litigation and risks to climate policy in proposed trade deals; and on key flaws in recent European Commission proposals to reform investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).

Note: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: Climate change, foreign investor protection, investor-state dispute settlement

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Van Harten, Gus, Investorenschutz und Klimaschutz: Dringende Maßnahmen bekommen ein Preisschild (Foreign Investor Protection and Climate Action: A New Price Tag for Urgent Policies) (December 14, 2015). Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 21/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2703498 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2703498

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