International Regime Complexity & Economic Law Enforcement
17 Journal of International Economic Law 491 (2014)
33 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2016
Date Written: 2014
The Article makes two contributions. First, it locates the causes of the increase in parallel, overlapping or related proceedings in the enforcement of international trade and investment agreements in two distinct but interrelated dynamics: the inseparability or ‘convergence’ of trade and investment and ‘minilateralism’ — or the expansion of regional trade agreements as an alternative to global negotiations. In contrast to some accounts, the Article is not troubled by this phenomenon. Instead it explores the intersections between international trade regulations and investment law during the process of enforcement. Specifically, it describes how the expansion of economic arrangements creates spaces to maneuver and innovate and proposes a framework of six strategies to understand the combination of different but related bodies of laws. Second, the Article presents policy-makers and treaty negotiators with a palette of targeted options that can help to control some of the consequences of these strategies. I argue that while it may be close to impossible to catalog all the consequences of converging structures, overlapping jurisdictions, and parallel lawmakers of trade and investment, states can promote coordination across tribunals and, to a limited extent, among independent but interconnected regimes by understanding the ways economic agreements interact as an international regimes complex.
Keywords: International Trade Law Enforcement, Investment Agreement Enforcement, International Trade Regulations, International Investment Law, Economic Agreements
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