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Regionalism in International Investment Law$
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Leon Trakman and Nicola Ranieri

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389005

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389005.001.0001

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Bilateral Trade And Investment Agreements*

Bilateral Trade And Investment Agreements*

(p.59) 4 Bilateral Trade And Investment Agreements*
Regionalism in International Investment Law

Leon E. Trakman

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the development and significance of regional and bilateral investment agreements. The first two sections evaluate the reasoning behind the liberalization of trade and investment and the assumptions in favor of free trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs). The third section critiques different arguments in favor of negotiating and concluding BITs and FTAs. The fourth section proposes legal principles and standards to guide the application of bilateral trade and investment agreements in the future.

Keywords:   regional investment agreements, bilateral investment treaties, free trade agreements

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