trade agreements

Recent developments in investment agreements: the trend towards greater government control in investor-state disputes

In recent years there have been growing concerns about the potential risks of investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) in relation to legitimate government regulation.

Some of these concerns have focused on perceptions that investment tribunals have interpreted investment obligations too broadly, others have focused on perceived defects in the arbitral process.

Recent developments in investment agreements: the trend towards greater government control in investor-state disputes

In recent years there have been growing concerns about the potential risks of investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) in relation to legitimate government regulation.

Some of these concerns have focused on perceptions that investment tribunals have interpreted investment obligations too broadly, others have focused on perceived defects in the arbitral process.

Big ideas: Issues of governance in global food systems, trade and health

Highly industrial globalised supply chains are by far the most dominant food system. From a governance perspective, food systems are highly complex, operating horizontally across sectors from production (producers and manufacturers) to distribution (retailers and food services), to advertising (marketers) and consumption (consumers) and vertically across different levels of government (local, state, national, international).

MCHP Seminar: A win for public health – tobacco plain packaging

Philip Morris Asia Ltd’s challenge to Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws under the Investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions of the Australia-Hong Kong Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) marked Australia’s first involvement as a Respondent in ISDS. In this Menzies Centre for Health Policy seminar, Mr Atwood and Mr Liberman will discuss the arbitration, Australia’s defence of Philip Morris Asia Ltd’s challenge, and the consequences of the Tribunal’s December 2015 award in favour of Australia.

Updated:  12 February 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet