Resolving the Tension Between State Sovereignty and Liberalizing Investor-State Disputes: China's Dilemma

Leon Trakman, “Resolving the Tension Between State Sovereignty and Liberalizing Investor-State Disputes: China’s Dilemma”, in Julien Chaisse, Leïla Choukroune and Sufian Jusoh (eds.), Handbook of International Investment Law and Policy, Springer 2020

35 Pages Posted: 12 May 2020

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Leon Trakman

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

China has grown into the largest global destination for foreign investment and the second largest outbound investment state. These developments underscore China’s centrality to the expansion and stability of the international economic order, not limited to the economic impact of its inbound and outbound investors.

An ensuing question is the extent to which China protects its national interests in resolving investor-state claims through the process known as investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). This paper explores, firstly, China’s past experiences with ISDS, secondly, its methods of addressing these issues, and thirdly, the regulatory directions it might adopt in the future. In doing so, the paper comments on China’s historical and current ISDS experience and practice. It evaluates prospective regulatory measures by which it can avoid and resolve ISDS claims.

Keywords: China Investment, Foreign Direct Investment, Investment Treaties, Investor-State Disputes, Investor-State Arbitration, State Courts, Mediation, Waiting Period, Investment Reform, China’s Choices, Investment Liberalization, Planned Economy

Suggested Citation

Trakman, Leon, Resolving the Tension Between State Sovereignty and Liberalizing Investor-State Disputes: China's Dilemma (2019). Leon Trakman, “Resolving the Tension Between State Sovereignty and Liberalizing Investor-State Disputes: China’s Dilemma”, in Julien Chaisse, Leïla Choukroune and Sufian Jusoh (eds.), Handbook of International Investment Law and Policy, Springer 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3578282

Leon Trakman (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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