Monthly Archives: April 2013

Recognising the signs of the times: investment protection in the 21st century

On 19 September 2012 the state-controlled Chinese insurance company Ping An filed a claim against Belgium before an international court of arbitration. This move followed the nationalisation of the Fortis financial group by the governments of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in 2008 in the wake of the global financial crisis. In 2007 Ping An, […]

Does the world really need a Multilateral Investment Agreement?

We currently observe a renaissance of the debate about a multilateral investment agreement (MIA). The last attempts to establish such an agreement failed in 1998 at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and in 2003, as part of the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Proponents argue that –          the […]

Is China following the global trend towards comprehensive trade and investment agreements?

There has been much talk recently about so-called “high-standard” trade and investment agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement and their impact on global rule-making. The investment chapters of these agreements will most likely combine traditional “BIT-like” (BIT – Bilateral Investment Treaty) provisions that apply to the post-establishment phase […]