The WTO Solution for Investor-State Disputes

‘The WTO Solution for Investor-State Disputes’ in Law, Governance and World Order (IAITL, 2012) (Sylvia Kierkegaard Ed.), 75-85

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Umair Ghori

Bond University - School of Law

Date Written: September 12, 2012

Abstract

Investment arbitration is in a constant state of flux. The latest instances of expropriation have triggered an academic debate revolving around the possibility of WTO law becoming directly applicable to investment treaties such as Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) or Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). This paper explores the nexus between host state obligations under BITs/FTAs on the one hand and the remedies available under the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) on the other hand. The paper argues that remedies available under WTO law are of limited scope and at the most would play only a supplementary role to investment arbitration. The author reaches the conclusion that in the foreseeable future, claims under the WTO DSU would remain an exclusive domain of state-to-state dispute settlement until the DSU is amended to allow private claims

Keywords: investment dispute, dispute settlement, expropriation, Free trade agreement, Bilateral investment treaty, arbitration, WTO dispute settlement

Suggested Citation

Ghori, Umair, The WTO Solution for Investor-State Disputes (September 12, 2012). ‘The WTO Solution for Investor-State Disputes’ in Law, Governance and World Order (IAITL, 2012) (Sylvia Kierkegaard Ed.), 75-85. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2717243

Umair Ghori (Contact Author)

Bond University - School of Law ( email )

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