International Investment Law: Text, Cases and Materials

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'The book is an excellent introduction to the law of international investment protection. It covers all the essential aspects of this area of international law and presents the relevant issues and problems in a balanced and practical way.'
- Kaj Hobér, Partner, Mannheimer Swartling, Sweden

'This accessible text with its innovative format and breadth of perspectives is an important and much-needed resource for all of those new to investment law, whether they be law students or practitioners seeking an introduction to the field.'
- Andrea K. Bjorklund, University of California, Davis, US

This detailed yet concise textbook is a complete introduction to the law of international investment protection. With chapters on the sources of investment law, expropriation, treaty-based principles of protection, dispute settlement, and investment insurance, the text offers instructors a tool to use in its entirety or selectively, on its own or combined with other materials.

Written principally for law students, the book contains numerous excerpts from many of the most influential arbitration decisions. This case-book style allows the readers to become familiar with reading opinions, whilst at the same time, the explanations accompanying the case materials eases the task of grasping the core reasoning contained in the decisions. It also makes the book suitable for non-legal readers interested in the processes and implications of mandatory state protection of alien property.

The author's balanced handling of differing interpretations of investment treaty provisions leaves room for the reader to question majority approaches and form an informed opinion. The reader's understanding is reinforced by probing questions throughout the book, and 'Thoughts from an Expert' sections by renowned practitioners and scholars provide an interesting additional insight into the fast-growing area of investment law and investor-state arbitrations.

Key features include:
- Balance of cases and explanatory comment familiarises students with reading opinions and enables them to grasp the core concepts at stake.
- Concise - suitable for one-semester course for non-specialists or as a first text for students who will take further specialised courses in the area.
- Excerpts from the most influential arbitration decisions outline differing interpretations and ensure students don't learn in a theoretical vacuum.
- Questions throughout encourage the reader to come to their own opinions.
- 'Thoughts from an Expert' pieces from renowned practitioners and scholars provide additional insight into the way things operate in practice.

Contents: Preface 1. Introduction to the Study of International Investment Law 2. Sources of International Investment Law 3. Definitions 4. Expropriation 5. Standards of Host State Behaviour 6. Dispute Settlement 7. Investment Guarantees: Political Risk Insurance Index

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Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, SNF Professor of International Law and International Economic Law, University of Basel and Senior Fellow, World Trade Institute, Bern, Switzerland

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International Investment Law presents an original approach to the subject of investment protection and dispute resolution. The author offers breadth and depth simultaneously, covering the full sweep of investment treaty arbitration (procedural, jurisdictional, substantive) in all its complexity, combining clear and up-to-date explanations with case-book style excerpts from central texts (treaties, commentaries, arbitral decisions). Perhaps most unusual is the interspersing between lengthy chapters of short thought-pieces penned by leading practitioners in the field, treating such controversial topics as expropriation, discrimination, and the definition of ''investment''. These essays prepare the reader for the denser text to follow, and create a frame within which the reader can keep a solid point of reference. This volume is sure to find its place among the leading international law desk references. --Noah Rubins, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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