Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wait a second! China just agreed to negotiate on the basis of the US model BIT

Two weeks ago China and the US announced that they will restart the negotiations for a bilateral investment treaty, BIT for short. This may come as no surprise as the talks proceeded for years on a “technical level” due to the fact that the US side underwent a major review of its BIT practice. With […]

The global trading system at a turning point

By Axel Berger and Clara Brandi Bonn, 08.07.2013. Today marks the beginning of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The delegations of the European Union and the United States are meeting in Washington for the first round of negotiations. In view of the extensive spying the US secret services have been conducting on the […]

Investment Treaties and the Search for Market Access in China

It is a commonplace by now to say that the global investment treaty system is at a crossroads. On the one hand, a number of countries are opting out by terminating bilateral investment treaties (BITs), withdrawing from the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes or by negotiating investment treaties without controversial investor-state dispute settlement […]