Introducing the Electronic Database of Investment Treaties (EDIT): The Genesis of a New Database and Its Use

World Trade Review, Vol. 20 (1), 2021, pp. 73-94.

38 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2022

See all articles by Wolfgang Alschner

Wolfgang Alschner

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Manfred Elsig

University of Bern

Rodrigo Polanco

World Trade Institute - University of Bern; Swiss Institute of Comparative Law; University of Chile - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 25, 2020

Abstract

This article introduces a novel database on investment treaties: called the Electronic Database of Investment Treaties (EDIT). We describe the genesis of the database and what makes EDIT the most comprehensive and systematic database to date. What stands out besides the coverage is that treaties are all provided in one single language (English) and in one single format that is machine-readable. In the second part of the article, we provide selected illustrations how the data can be used to address research questions in international law, international political economy and international relations applying text-as-data methods and by extracting and visualizing data based on EDIT.

Keywords: Database, International Investment Treaties, BITs, Empirical Analysis, Corpus, Arbitration

Suggested Citation

Alschner, Wolfgang and Elsig, Manfred and Polanco Lazo, Rodrigo, Introducing the Electronic Database of Investment Treaties (EDIT): The Genesis of a New Database and Its Use (February 25, 2020). World Trade Review, Vol. 20 (1), 2021, pp. 73-94., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4297602 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4297602

Wolfgang Alschner

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

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Manfred Elsig (Contact Author)

University of Bern ( email )

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Bern, BERN 3001
Switzerland

Rodrigo Polanco Lazo

World Trade Institute - University of Bern ( email )

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Berne, CH-3012
Switzerland

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Swiss Institute of Comparative Law ( email )

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Switzerland

University of Chile - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Providencia, Santiago
Chile, Santiago
Chile

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