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The Politics of South-South Bilateral Investment Treaties
The Politics of International Economic Law (Cambridge University Press) (2011)
  • Lauge N. Skovgaard Poulsen, London School of Economics and Political Science
Abstract

The paper analyzes systematic patterns of investment treaty rule-making using a large sample of bilateral investment treaties (BITs). Focusing on national treatment and transfer provisions, it finds that BITs signed between two developing countries are typically less wide-ranging than North-South BITs. Yet restrictions in South-South BITs are ‘levelled out’ by the treaties’ most-favoured-nation provisions leading to a de‐facto coherence in developing countries’ BIT‐networks. The paper concludes by speculating whether this paradoxical pattern might have been unintended on the part of developing country negotiators.

Keywords
  • bilateral investment treaties,
  • developing countries
Publication Date
2011
Editor
T. Broude, M. Busch, and A. Porges
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Citation Information
Lauge Skovgaard Poulsen, 'The Politics of South-South Bilateral Investment Treaties,' in: T. Broude, M. Busch, and A. Porges, eds., The Politics of International Economic Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)