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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
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1 Albania In force 30/03/1994 30/08/1995 Full text: en
2 Angola Signed (not in force) 04/07/2000 Full text: en
3 Antigua and Barbuda In force 12/06/1987 12/06/1987 Full text: en
4 Argentina In force 11/12/1990 19/02/1993 Full text: en
5 Armenia In force 27/05/1993 11/07/1996 Full text: en
6 Azerbaijan In force 04/01/1996 11/12/1996 Full text: en
7 Bahrain In force 30/10/1991 30/10/1991 Full text: en
8 Bangladesh In force 19/06/1980 19/06/1980 Full text: en
9 Barbados In force 07/04/1993 07/04/1993 Full text: en
10 Belarus In force 01/03/1994 28/12/1994 Full text: en
11 Belize In force 30/04/1982 30/04/1982 Full text: en
12 Benin In force 27/11/1987 27/11/1987 Full text: en | fr
13 Bolivia, Plurinational State of In force 24/05/1988 16/02/1990 Full text: en
14 Bosnia and Herzegovina In force 02/10/2002 25/07/2003 Full text: en
15 Brazil Signed (not in force) 19/07/1994 Full text: pt
16 Bulgaria In force 11/12/1995 24/06/1997 Full text: en
17 Burundi In force 13/09/1990 13/09/1990 Full text: en | fr
18 Cameroon In force 04/06/1982 07/06/1985 Full text: en
19 Chile In force 08/01/1996 21/04/1997 Full text: en
20 China In force 15/05/1986 15/05/1986 Full text: en
21 Colombia Terminated 09/03/1994 Full text: es
22 Colombia In force 17/03/2010 10/10/2014 Full text: en
23 Congo In force 25/05/1989 09/11/1990 Full text: en
24 Costa Rica Signed (not in force) 07/09/1982 Full text: es
25 Côte d'Ivoire In force 08/06/1995 09/10/1997 Full text: en
26 Croatia In force 11/03/1997 16/04/1998 Full text: en
27 Cuba In force 30/01/1995 11/05/1995 Full text: en
28 Czech Republic In force 10/07/1990 26/10/1992 Full text: en | cs
29 Dominica In force 23/01/1987 23/01/1987 Full text: en
30 Ecuador In force 10/05/1994 24/08/1995 Full text: en
31 Egypt In force 11/06/1975 24/02/1976 Full text: en
32 El Salvador In force 14/10/1999 01/12/2000 Full text: en
33 Estonia In force 12/05/1994 16/12/1994 Full text: en
34 Ethiopia Signed (not in force) 19/11/2009 Full text: en
35 Gambia In force 02/07/2002 01/07/2003 Full text: en
36 Georgia In force 15/02/1995 15/02/1995 Full text: en
37 Ghana In force 22/03/1989 25/10/1991 Full text: en
38 Grenada In force 25/02/1988 25/02/1988 Full text: en
39 Guyana In force 27/10/1989 11/04/1990 Full text: en
40 Haiti In force 18/03/1985 27/03/1995 Full text: en
41 Honduras In force 07/12/1993 08/03/1995 Full text: en
42 Hong Kong, China SAR In force 30/07/1998 12/04/1999 Full text: en
43 Hungary In force 09/03/1987 28/08/1987 Full text: en | hu
44 India In force 14/03/1994 06/01/1995 Full text: en
45 Indonesia In force 27/04/1976 24/03/1977 Full text: en
46 Jamaica In force 20/01/1987 14/05/1987 Full text: en
47 Jordan In force 10/10/1979 24/04/1980 Full text: en | ar
48 Kazakhstan In force 23/11/1995 23/11/1995 Full text: en
49 Kenya In force 13/09/1999 13/09/1999 Full text: en
50 Korea, Republic of In force 04/03/1976 04/03/1976 Full text: en
51 Kuwait Signed (not in force) 08/10/2009
52 Kyrgyzstan In force 08/12/1994 18/06/1998 Full text: en
53 Lao People's Democratic Republic In force 01/06/1995 01/06/1995 Full text: en
54 Latvia In force 24/01/1994 16/02/1995 Full text: en
55 Lebanon In force 16/02/1999 16/09/2001 Full text: en
56 Lesotho In force 18/02/1981 18/02/1981 Full text: en
57 Libya Signed (not in force) 23/12/2009
58 Lithuania In force 17/05/1993 21/09/1993 Full text: en
59 Malaysia In force 21/05/1981 21/10/1988 Full text: en
60 Malta In force 04/10/1986 04/10/1986 Full text: en
61 Mauritius In force 20/05/1986 13/10/1986 Full text: en
62 Mexico In force 12/05/2006 25/07/2007 Full text: en
63 Moldova, Republic of In force 19/03/1996 30/07/1998 Full text: en
64 Mongolia In force 04/10/1991 04/10/1991 Full text: en | mn
65 Morocco In force 30/10/1990 14/02/2002 Full text: en
66 Mozambique In force 18/03/2004 12/05/2004 Full text: en
67 Nepal In force 02/03/1993 02/03/1993 Full text: en
68 Nicaragua In force 04/12/1996 21/12/2001 Full text: en
69 Nigeria In force 11/12/1990 11/12/1990 Full text: en
70 Oman In force 25/11/1995 21/05/1996 Full text: en
71 Pakistan In force 30/11/1994 30/11/1994 Full text: en
72 Panama In force 07/10/1983 07/11/1985 Full text: en
73 Papua New Guinea In force 14/05/1981 22/12/1981 Full text: en
74 Paraguay In force 04/06/1981 23/04/1992 Full text: en
75 Peru In force 04/10/1993 21/04/1994 Full text: en
76 Philippines In force 03/12/1980 02/01/1981 Full text: en
77 Poland In force 08/12/1987 14/04/1988 Full text: en
78 Qatar Signed (not in force) 18/09/2009
79 Romania Terminated 19/03/1976 22/11/1976 Full text: en
80 Romania In force 13/07/1995 10/01/1996 Full text: en
81 Russian Federation In force 06/04/1989 03/07/1991 Full text: en | ru
82 Saint Lucia In force 18/01/1983 18/01/1983 Full text: en
83 Senegal In force 07/05/1980 09/02/1984 Full text: en
84 Serbia In force 06/11/2002 03/04/2007 Full text: en
85 Sierra Leone Terminated 08/12/1981
86 Sierra Leone In force 13/01/2000 20/11/2001 Full text: en
87 Singapore In force 22/07/1975 22/07/1975 Full text: en
88 Slovakia In force 10/07/1990 26/10/1992 Full text: cs | en
89 Slovenia In force 03/07/1996 27/03/1999 Full text: en
90 South Africa Terminated 20/09/1994 27/05/1998 Full text: en
91 Sri Lanka In force 13/02/1980 18/12/1980 Full text: en
92 Swaziland In force 05/05/1995 05/05/1995 Full text: en
93 Tanzania, United Republic of In force 07/01/1994 02/08/1996 Full text: en
94 Thailand In force 28/11/1978 11/08/1979 Full text: en
95 Tonga In force 22/10/1997 22/10/1997 Full text: en
96 Trinidad and Tobago In force 23/07/1993 08/10/1993 Full text: en
97 Tunisia In force 14/03/1989 04/01/1990 Full text: en
98 Turkey In force 15/03/1991 22/10/1996 Full text: en
99 Turkmenistan In force 09/02/1995 09/02/1995 Full text: en
100 Uganda In force 24/04/1998 24/04/1998 Full text: en
101 Ukraine In force 10/02/1993 10/02/1993 Full text: en
102 United Arab Emirates In force 08/12/1992 15/12/1993 Full text: en
103 Uruguay In force 21/10/1991 01/08/1997 Full text: en
104 Uzbekistan In force 24/11/1993 24/11/1993 Full text: en | uz
105 Vanuatu Signed (not in force) 22/12/2003 Full text: en
106 Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of In force 15/03/1995 01/08/1996 Full text: en
107 Viet Nam In force 01/08/2002 01/08/2002 Full text: en
108 Yemen In force 25/02/1982 11/11/1983 Full text: en
109 Zambia Signed (not in force) 27/11/2009
110 Zimbabwe Signed (not in force) 01/03/1995 Full text: en