International investment but at what cost?

Investor-State dispute settlement and developing countries

Martha Getachew Bekele

The inclusion of investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in international investment agreements may end up undermining public welfare, particularly in developing countries. From ‘regulatory chill’ to huge legal fees, ISDS shrinks the regulatory space of developing countries unless negotiators consider a range of options.

This short piece presents the good, the bad and alternatives to the traditional ISDS model.  

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This article was written by Martha Getachew Bekele

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