international negotiations

The role of investment treaties in investment liberalisation

Investment treaties grant international legal rights to foreign investors. Historically, investment treaties focused exclusively on the protection of existing investments from adverse government action – for example, by requiring a host state to pay compensation if it expropriates a foreign investment. However, modern investment treaties also contain investment liberalisation provisions that govern the admission and establishment of new foreign investment. Investment liberalisation provisions limit states’ ability to restrict or place conditions on new foreign investments.

International law at a crossroads in the United States

The Trump Administration, Nationalist Populism, and the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States

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Confronting wicked problems: Climate, energy and environmental governance

“ ‘Wicked’ problems are large-scale, long-term policy dilemmas in which multiple and compounding risks and uncertainties combine with sharply divergent public values to generate contentious political stalemates; wicked problems in the environmental arena typically emerge from entrenched conflicts over natural resource management and over the prioritization of economic and conservation goals more generally.”

Balint et al 2011 Wicked Environmental Problems: Managing Uncertainty and Conflict, Island Press


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