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Investment Treaty News Quarterly (ITN), Volume 8, Issue 4, December 2017

Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship quarterly journal on international investment law and policy.

Featured articles:

  • The Journey of a Binding Treaty on Human Rights: Three Years Out and Where Is It Heading? by Joe Zhang and Mintewab Abebe
  • Government Regulatory Space in the Shadow of BITs: The Case of Tanzania’s Natural Resource Regulatory Reform, by Magalie Masamba
  • UNCTAD’s 2017 High-level IIA Conference: Moving Forward on Addressing Older-Generation International Investment Agreements, by James Zhan and Moritz Obst
  • Review of The Political Economy of the Investment Treaty Regime, by David Gaukrodger

Summaries and analysis of recent arbitration awards and decisions:

  • Canadian mining company awarded sunk costs only in compensation for Peruvian expropriation (Bear Creek Mining Corporation v. Republic of Peru, ICSID Case No. ARB/14/21), by Matthew Levine
  • Kazakhstan held liable for expropriation of Hourani family’s investment on second round of ICSID arbitration (Caratube International Oil Company LLP and Devincci Salah Hourani v. Republic of Kazakhstan, ICSID Case No. ARB/13/13), by Mintewab Abebe
  • ICSID tribunal affirms jurisdiction over dispute between Chinese construction firm and Yemen (Beijing Urban Construction Group Co. Ltd. v. Republic of Yemen, ICSID Case No. ARB/14/30), by Matthew Levine
  • Claims brought by a company controlled by an Egyptian billionaire against Algeria are held inadmissible (Orascom TMT Investments S.à r.l. v. People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, ICSID Case No. ARB/12/35), by Mintewab Abebe
  • UNCITRAL tribunal dismisses allegations of Hungarian investor’s bribery and refuses to set aside contract with Croatia (The Republic of Croatia v. MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc, PCA Case No 2014-15), by Trishna S. Menon