Imperfect Alternatives: Institutional Choice and the Reform of Investment Law
112 American Journal of International Law 361 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1017/ajil.2018.70
51 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2018 Last revised: 31 Aug 2018
Date Written: August 31, 2018
This Article applies the theory of comparative institutional analysis to evaluate the trade-offs associated with alternative institutional mechanisms for resolving investment disputes. We assess the trade-offs in light of the principle of accountability under the rule of law, which underpins the goals of fairness, efficiency, and peace that are attributed to investment law. The Article makes two recommendations: first, reforms should address complementarity between domestic and international institutions; second, institutional choice shouldrespond to the different contexts that states face.
Keywords: investment disputes, accountability, investor-state dispute settlement, ISDS, international investment law
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