Investment Protection in Disputed Maritime Areas

Article, Journal of World Investment & Trade, Vol. 19, Nos. 5-6, pp. 828-859 (2018)

38 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2019

Date Written: January 11, 2019

Abstract

Disputed maritime areas are often sources of valuable natural resources, but they are also often sources of conflict. It is thus important for investors investing in such areas to know the array of investment protection mechanisms available to them. This article examines four such mechanisms (dispute settlement under international investment agreements (IIAs), dispute settlement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), dispute settlement under contracts, and political risk insurance) in the context of three scenarios of disputed maritime areas (unregulated areas, joint development areas, and provisionally delimited areas). It concludes that dispute settlement under IIAs and UNCLOS face significant obstacles not only on jurisdiction and admissibility, but also on the merits. As a result, the most practical solution for investors is to rely on dispute settlement under contracts or political risk insurance to protect their investments.

Keywords: dispute, investment, jurisdiction, law of the sea, maritime, protection, contested maritime area

Suggested Citation

Tzeng, Peter, Investment Protection in Disputed Maritime Areas (January 11, 2019). Article, Journal of World Investment & Trade, Vol. 19, Nos. 5-6, pp. 828-859 (2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3314101

Peter Tzeng (Contact Author)

Foley Hoag LLP ( email )

United States

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