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Bilateral Investment Treaties

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Bilateral Investment Treaties ("BITs") can be found in the following places:

 

  • UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) has a database of BITs. Advanced search: http://investmentpolicyhub.unctad.org/IIA/AdvancedSearchBIT covers other International Investment Agreements too. See IIAs by Economy for a list of BITs and other IIAs by country which shows date in force.
  • ICSID database of bilateral investment treaties lists many BITs - giving signature date and entry into force. Full text not often available (in case link doesn't work, navigate to the database via Resources > Investment Treaties > Database of Investment Treaties)
  • UN Treaty Collection - worth a look if a little cumbersome to use. Some content requires a subscription but useful. 
  • European Commission published a list of all BITs that EU member states were obligated to report on - member states were required to notify the commission in Feb 2013 on all BITs with third countries they wished to maintain in force or permit to enter into force. (OJ 2013 C 131, p2-97, 08.05.2013) 
  • ITA website (http://www.italaw.com/investment-treaties ) - can also look for cases by Treaty
  • Oxford University Press operates an online service: Investment Claims, which includes the text of over 1,200 Bilateral Investment Treaties. OUP commission country experts to gather together BITs for key jurisdictions. ï»¿Requires subscription to view BITs but information on parties names available to view

   

In the UK: Bilateral Investment Treaties are published as command papers you can order them the same way as any other government publication. Some of these command papers are available in full on the FCO website.

  

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Other information
  • You may also be interested in the Law Society Library's Queries and Enquiries database record on BITs

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Comments (3)

Anneli Sarkanen said

at 9:16 am on Nov 5, 2009

Might be of interest on this topic: Ecuador President Seeks To End Investment Protection Agreements (04.11.2009):
http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-market-news-story.aspx?storyid=200910281854dowjonesdjonline000871&title=ecuador-president-seeks-to-end-investment-protection-agreements

Connie Jeffery said

at 9:52 am on Aug 4, 2010

'Investment Treaty Arbitration' hosted by the California University of Victoria also has the text of some of them - http://ita.law.uvic.ca/
It's also good for finding arbitration awards.

Anneli Sarkanen said

at 8:51 am on May 13, 2014

This blog post by Slaw gives some background to BITs and also some sources of them - might be of interest to researchers of BITs: http://www.slaw.ca/2014/05/08/bit-by-bit/

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