Champions of protection? A Text-as-data analysis of the bilateral investment treaties of GCC countries

Alschner, Wolfgang; Skougarevskiy, Dmitriy; Wang, Mengyi (2016). Champions of protection? A Text-as-data analysis of the bilateral investment treaties of GCC countries. International review of law, 2016(3), p. 5. Hamad bin Khalifa University Press 10.5339/irl.2016.iit.5

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Through the lens of state-of-the-art text-as-data techniques, this article examines the bilateral investment treaty (BIT) practice of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The analysis unveils two critical trends. First, GCC states are global champions of investment protection. In terms of protective features, their agreements are at par with the United States or Canada. In contrast to the latter, however, GCC states typically do not accompany their protective commitments with flexibility carve-outs. This has major implications for their investment policy. While GCC investors abroad enjoy unrivaled protection, the GCC states are also more exposed to investment claims than any other region. Second, notwithstanding similarities in their investment policy and partial convergence in treaty design, GCC states have yet to cultivate a uniform practice when it comes to investment treaty-making to speak with one voice in future negotiations with the European Union or the United States.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Alschner, Wolfgang

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation

ISSN:

2223-859X

Publisher:

Hamad bin Khalifa University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rebecca Anne Gilgen

Date Deposited:

31 May 2017 17:01

Last Modified:

31 May 2017 17:01

Publisher DOI:

10.5339/irl.2016.iit.5

Related URLs:

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/100926

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