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The politics of South-South bilateral investment treaties

Poulsen, Lauge N. Skovgaard (2011) The politics of South-South bilateral investment treaties. In: Broude, Tomer, Busch, Marc L. and Porges, Amelia, (eds.) The Politics of International Economic Law. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781107003552

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The paper analyzes systematic patterns of investment treaty rule-making using a large sample of bilateral investment treaties (BITs). Focusing on national treatment and transfer provisions, it finds that BITs signed between two developing countries are typically less wide-ranging than North-South BITs. Yet restrictions in South-South BITs are ‘levelled out’ by the treaties’ most-favoured-nation provisions leading to a de‐facto coherence in developing countries’ BIT‐networks. The paper concludes by speculating whether this paradoxical pattern might have been unintended on the part of developing country negotiators.

Item Type: Book Section
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Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F13 - Commercial Policy; Protection; Promotion; Trade Negotiations; International Trade Organizations
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2011 15:31
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 00:28

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