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Shifting Paradigms in International Investment LawMore Balanced, Less Isolated, Increasingly Diversified$
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Steffen Hindelang and Markus Krajewski

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198738428

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738428.001.0001

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Reconciling Investment Protection and Sustainable Development

Reconciling Investment Protection and Sustainable Development

A Plea for an Interpretative U-Turn

(p.177) VIII Reconciling Investment Protection and Sustainable Development
Shifting Paradigms in International Investment Law

Katharina Berner

Oxford University Press

Despite its unbroken attractiveness, the international investment law regime has recently come under pressure to abandon its pre-occupation with investors’ rights and to focus more strongly on sustainable development concerns. This chapter critically reviews how arbitral jurisprudence has or has not reconciled sustainable development concerns with investment protection. Proceeding from the observation that most international investment agreements ought to be interpreted in accordance with Articles 31–33 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT), it argues that it is neither necessary nor sufficient to change the substance of international investment law; instead, non-commercial concerns and State regulatory interests could more convincingly be reconciled with investment protection if arbitral tribunals faithfully and openly employed the applicable rules of treaty interpretation.

Keywords:   Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Articles 31–33 VCLT, treaty interpretation, general public international law, international investment agreements, sustainable development, arbitral jurisprudence, international dispute settlement, international arbitration

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