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International Investment Agreements Navigator

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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.


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).
Number of IIAs per economy
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No. Partners Status Date of
signature
Date of
entry into force
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1 Algeria Signed (not in force) 24/09/2000 Full text: fr
2 Angola Signed (not in force) 17/02/2005 Full text: en | pt
3 Argentina In force 23/07/1998 01/01/2001 Full text: es
4 Austria Terminated 28/11/1996 01/01/1998 Full text: de
5 BLEU (Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union) Terminated 14/08/1998 14/03/2003 Full text: fr
6 Canada Signed (not in force) 27/11/1995 Full text: en
7 Chile Signed (not in force) 12/11/1998 Full text: en | es
8 China In force 30/12/1997 01/04/1998 Full text: en
9 Congo, Democratic Republic of the Signed (not in force) 31/08/2004 Full text: en | fr
10 Congo Signed (not in force) 01/12/2005 Full text: en | fr
11 Cuba In force 08/12/1995 07/04/1997 Full text: en | es | fr
12 Czech Republic Signed (not in force) 14/12/1998 Full text: en
13 Denmark Terminated 22/02/1996 23/04/1997 Full text: en
14 Egypt Signed (not in force) 28/10/1998 Full text: en
15 Equatorial Guinea Signed (not in force) 17/02/2004 Full text: en | es
16 Ethiopia Signed (not in force) 18/03/2008 Full text: en
17 Finland In force 14/09/1998 03/10/1999 Full text: en
18 France Terminated 11/10/1995 22/06/1997 Full text: fr
19 Gabon Signed (not in force) 02/08/2005 Full text: en
20 Germany Terminated 11/09/1995 10/04/1998 Full text: en | de
21 Ghana Signed (not in force) 09/07/1998 Full text: en
22 Greece In force 19/11/1998 05/09/2001 Full text: en
23 Guinea Signed (not in force) 25/09/2007 Full text: en
24 Iran, Islamic Republic of In force 03/11/1997 05/03/2002 Full text: en
25 Israel Signed (not in force) 20/10/2004 Full text: en
26 Italy In force 09/06/1997 16/03/1999 Full text: it
27 Korea, Republic of In force 07/07/1995 28/06/1997 Full text: en
28 Kuwait Signed (not in force) 26/09/2005
29 Libya Signed (not in force) 14/06/2002 Full text: en | ar
30 Madagascar Signed (not in force) 13/12/2006 Full text: fr
31 Mauritius In force 17/02/1998 23/10/1998 Full text: en
32 Mozambique Signed (not in force) 06/05/1997 Full text: en | pt
33 Netherlands Terminated 09/05/1995 01/05/1999 Full text: en
34 Nigeria In force 09/04/2000 27/07/2005 Full text: en
35 Qatar Signed (not in force) 21/10/2003 Full text: en
36 Russian Federation In force 23/11/1998 12/04/2000 Full text: ru
37 Rwanda Signed (not in force) 19/12/2000 Full text: en
38 Senegal In force 19/06/1998 29/12/2010 Full text: en | fr
39 Spain Terminated 30/09/1998 23/12/1999 Full text: es
40 Sudan Signed (not in force) 01/11/2007
41 Sweden In force 25/05/1998 01/01/1999 Full text: en
42 Switzerland Terminated 27/06/1995 30/11/1997 Full text: fr
43 Tanzania, United Republic of Signed (not in force) 22/09/2005 Full text: en
44 Tunisia Signed (not in force) 28/02/2002 Full text: ar | en
45 Turkey Signed (not in force) 23/06/2000 Full text: en
46 Uganda Signed (not in force) 08/05/2000 Full text: en
47 United Kingdom Terminated 20/09/1994 27/05/1998 Full text: en
48 Yemen Signed (not in force) 01/08/2002
49 Zimbabwe In force 27/11/2009 15/09/2010 Full text: en