BITs in pieces

If you are feeling comfortable with that clause in your contract with a foreign government that permits international arbitration of disputes, think again. After a decade and a half of unprecedented growth in foreign direct investment worldwide, and the signing of more than 2,000 bilateral investment treaties (BITs – see Energy Risk October 2004) between states, some governments are calling it a day. The reason is, as the governments see it, that investors are using the international

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