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International Investment Agreements Navigator

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UNCTAD's Work Programme on International Investment Agreements (IIAs) actively assists policymakers, government officials and other IIA stakeholders to reform IIAs with a view to making them more conducive to sustainable development and inclusive growth.

Main goals:

  • Reform the international investment agreements (IIAs) regime to enhance its sustainable development dimension,
  • Provide comprehensive analysis on key issues arising from the complexity of the international investment regime,
  • Develop a wide range of tools to support the formulation of more balanced international investment policies.

The three pillars of activities:

  1. Research and policy analysis - monitoring trends, identifying key emerging issues and providing cutting-edge knowledge on IIAs from a sustainable development perspective,
  2. Technical assistance - delivering trainings, seminars and workshops; conducting IIA and model BIT reviews; offering ad-hoc advice to strengthen the capacity of beneficiaries in handling the complexities of the IIA regime,
  3. Intergovernmental consensus-building - exchanging and sharing best practices and experience with the view to fostering global investment governance.

The database of international investment agreements (IIAs) - the IIA Navigator - is maintained by UNCTAD’s IIA Section. You can browse through IIAs concluded by a particular country or country grouping, view recently concluded IIAs, or use an Advanced Treaty Search for sophisticated searches tailored to your needs.

For further information, please contact us.


Disclaimer:

1) The IIA Navigator is continuously adjusted as a result of verification with, and comments from, UN Member States. It is primarily built on information provided by governments on a voluntary basis. A treaty is included in a country's IIA count once it is formally concluded; treaties whose negotiations have been concluded, but which have not been signed, are not counted. A treaty is excluded from the IIA count once its termination becomes effective, regardless of whether it continues to have legal effect for certain investments during its “survival” (“sunset”) period. In cases of treaty replacements, only one of the treaties between the same parties is counted. Depending on the situation, the counted treaty can be the “old” one, if this one remains in force pending the ratification of the newly concluded IIA.

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of its content, UNCTAD assumes no responsibility for eventual errors or omissions in these data. The information and texts included in the database serve a purely informative purpose and have no official or legal status. In the event of doubt regarding the content of the database, it is suggested that you contact the relevant government department of the State(s) concerned. Users are kindly asked to report agreements, errors or omissions by using the online contact form.

2) The IIA Mapping Project is a collaborative initiative between UNCTAD and universities worldwide to map the content of IIAs. Individual treaties are mapped by law students from participating universities, under the supervision of their professors and with the overall guidance and coordination of UNCTAD.

The mapping results included in the IIA Mapping Project database serve a purely informative purpose. The mapping of treaty provisions is not exhaustive, has no official or legal status, does not affect the rights and obligations of the contracting parties and is not intended to provide any authoritative or official legal interpretation.

While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, UNCTAD assumes no responsibility for eventual errors or omissions in the mapping data. In the event of doubt regarding the correctness of mapping results, users are kindly asked to contact us via the the online contact form.

3) The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.

Terminology

International investment agreements (IIAs) are divided into two types:
(1) bilateral investment treaties and (2) treaties with investment provisions.

A bilateral investment treaty (BIT) is an agreement between two countries regarding promotion and protection of investments made by investors from respective countries in each other’s territory. The great majority of IIAs are BITs.

The category of treaties with investment provisions (TIPs) brings together various types of investment treaties that are not BITs. Three main types of TIPs can be distinguished:

  1. broad economic treaties that include obligations commonly found in BITs (e.g. a free trade agreement with an investment chapter);
  2. treaties with limited investment-related provisions (e.g. only those concerning establishment of investments or free transfer of investment-related funds); and
  3. treaties that only contain “framework” clauses such as the ones on cooperation in the area of investment and/or for a mandate for future negotiations on investment issues.


In addition to IIAs, there also exists an open-ended category of investment-related instruments (IRIs). It encompasses various binding and not-binding instruments and includes, for example, model agreements and draft instruments, multilateral conventions on dispute settlement and arbitration rules, documents adopted by international organisations, and others.


Search tips

  • Global search. To do a global search, leave both boxes empty, or drag "World" in Party Input box 1.
  • “Details” boxes. The “Details” boxes list countries constituting the selected grouping, category or region. Unwanted countries can be removed from the list.
  • Country groupings – two options. By default, a Country grouping (e.g. ASEAN or the EU) is viewed as a single entity, and the system will search for treaties concluded by the relevant grouping or all of its members. Secondly, a Country grouping can also be viewed as a list of individual countries that are members of this grouping, and the system will search for agreements concluded by these individual countries. To switch between these two options, click on the icon to the left of the grouping’s name.
  • “Intra” and “Extra”. If you place a certain Country category, Region or Country grouping (as a list of individual countries) in Party Input box 1 (without placing anything in Party Input box 2), you can check "Intra" to search for treaties within the group (by members of the group between each other), or "Extra" to search for treaties by group members with non-members (if you don't select "Intra" or "Extra", the system will search for both).
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No. Partners Status Date of
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Date of
entry into force
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1 Albania Signed (not in force) 18/10/2011 Full text: en
2 Algeria Signed (not in force) 24/10/1996 Full text: fr
3 Argentina Signed (not in force) 06/11/2016 Full text: ar | es | en
4 Armenia Signed (not in force) 22/04/2002
5 Azerbaijan Signed (not in force) 28/08/2007
6 Belarus In force 17/02/2001 06/08/2004 Full text: en | ar | ru
7 BLEU (Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union) In force 06/11/2007 30/04/2014 Full text: en
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina In force 01/06/1998 05/02/2009 Full text: en
9 Chad Signed (not in force) 22/11/1999
10 China In force 09/04/1999 01/04/2000 Full text: en
11 Costa Rica In force 01/2010 24/09/2013 Full text: es
12 Croatia Signed (not in force) 12/11/2001 Full text: en
13 Cuba Signed (not in force) 06/11/2001 Full text: en
14 Cyprus In force 11/11/2008 06/11/2009 Full text: ar | en | fr | el
15 Egypt In force 12/02/1999 14/07/2006 Full text: ar
16 Eritrea Signed (not in force) 07/08/2000
17 Finland In force 12/11/2001 08/05/2003 Full text: en
18 France In force 08/07/1996 27/07/2000 Full text: fr
19 Gambia In force 17/05/2002 03/03/2011 Full text: en | ar
20 Germany In force 14/06/1996 19/01/1999 Full text: en
21 India In force 07/04/1999 15/12/1999 Full text: en
22 Indonesia Signed (not in force) 18/04/2000
23 Iran, Islamic Republic of In force 20/05/1999 05/11/2001
24 Italy In force 22/03/2000 08/01/2004 Full text: en | it
25 Jordan In force 28/01/2009 28/05/2009 Full text: ar
26 Kazakhstan Signed (not in force) 04/03/2008
27 Kenya Signed (not in force) 13/04/2014 Full text: en
28 Korea, Republic of In force 16/04/1999 16/05/1999 Full text: en
29 Kyrgyzstan Signed (not in force) 08/12/2014 Full text: ru
30 Lebanon Signed (not in force) 28/04/2010
31 Libya Signed (not in force) 28/04/2004
32 Macedonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Signed (not in force) 20/05/2011 Full text: en | ar
33 Mali Signed (not in force) 18/05/2002
34 Mauritania Signed (not in force) 25/12/2003
35 Moldova, Republic of Signed (not in force) 10/12/2012 Full text: en
36 Mongolia Signed (not in force) 29/11/2007 Full text: ar | en | mn
37 Montenegro In force 17/02/2009 23/10/2009 Full text: en
38 Morocco In force 20/02/1999 21/05/2001 Full text: ar
39 Pakistan Signed (not in force) 06/04/1999
40 Panama Signed (not in force) 24/02/2010 Full text: es
41 Portugal In force 21/04/2009 19/07/2010 Full text: en | ar | pt
42 Romania In force 06/06/1996 27/04/1997 Full text: en
43 Russian Federation In force 12/02/2007 04/06/2009 Full text: ru
44 Senegal Signed (not in force) 10/06/1998
45 South Africa Signed (not in force) 21/10/2003 Full text: en
46 Sudan Signed (not in force) 03/06/1998
47 Switzerland In force 12/11/2001 15/07/2004 Full text: fr | en
48 Syrian Arab Republic Signed (not in force) 24/10/2003
49 Tajikistan Signed (not in force) 06/05/2007
50 Timor-Leste Signed (not in force) 21/01/2012
51 Tunisia Signed (not in force) 28/05/1996 Full text: ar
52 Turkey In force 25/12/2001 12/02/2008 Full text: en
53 United Kingdom Signed (not in force) 18/09/2009
54 Yemen Signed (not in force) 07/08/2000