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Number of Known Investor-State Cases Breaks 800 Mark

As of 31 July 2017, the total number of known treaty-based ISDS cases has reached 817.

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Germany: Expands the scope of foreign investment screening

On 11 July 2017, the Government adopted a directive expanding the scope of foreign investment screening of non-EU companies seeking to acquire more than 25% of domestic firms. Current legislation is largely restricted to the monitoring ...

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62 New Investor-State Arbitrations Initiated in 2016

In 2016, investors initiated 62 known ISDS cases pursuant to international investment agreements (IIAs). The total number of publicly known arbitrations has reached 767.

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37 New Investor-State Arbitrations Filed

UNCTAD has updated its Investment Dispute Settlement Navigator. The ISDS Navigator is now up-to-date as of 15 August 2016.

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New database – UNCTAD university project maps over 1,400 IIAs

The new database of UNCTAD's IIA Mapping Project offers a tool for policymakers and researchers to analyse trends in the drafting of investment treaties.

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Record Number of Investor-State Arbitrations Filed in 2015

UNCTAD has updated its Investment Dispute Settlement Navigator. The update reveals that the number of ISDS cases filed in 2015 reached a record high of 70.

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UNCTAD launches Investment Dispute Settlement Navigator

UNCTAD launched its much awaited Investment Dispute Settlement Navigator, a fully revamped version of its earlier database on investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) cases.

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The Eurasian Economic Union Concluded its First FTA

On 29 May 2015, the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Viet Nam. This is the first agreement of this kind concluded by ...

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Australia and China Signed a New Free Trade Agreement

The FTA includes an investment chapter that provides for pre-establishment national treatment and MFN commitments, establishes a committee on investment and ...

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India: India raised the cap on FDI in the insurance sector.

On March 12, 2015, the increase in foreign equity ownership limitation to 49 percent from 26 percent in Indian insurance firms was confirmed as law by India’s parliament.

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Over 2.500 Investment Agreements Texts Now Available on the Hub

UNCTAD has lately collected and added to the IIA Navigator over 60 new texts of bilateral investment treaties, bringing the IIA collection to around 2,500 texts in...

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34 New International Investment Agreement Texts Now Available

UNCTAD's International Investment Agreements Navigator, the world's most comprehensive and free IIA database featuring over 3,100 investment agreements, now...

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India: India eased FDI rules for construction sector

India eased foreign direct investment rules for the construction sector. Under the new rules, foreign investment is now allowed in projects with a minimum built area of 20,000 square metres, down from a previous 50,000 sqm threshold. ...

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Russian Federation: Russia amends the Law on Foreign Investment in Strategic Companies

The amended Law on Foreign Investment in Strategic Companies now also covers acquisitions of assets in "strategic" companies if the value of these assets exceeds 25 per cent of the total value of the company's assets. Such transactions ...

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Argentina: Amendment of Hydrocarbons Law

The Argentine Congress approved an amendment to the Federal Hydrocarbons Law (Ley 27.007) . It improves investment conditions for the Argentine hydrocarbon industry by: (i) extending exploration and production terms, (ii) creating ...

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EU and Singapore Concluded Investment Part of New FTA

The European Union (EU) and Singapore have concluded the negotiations of the investment part of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA). This marks the successful...

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Israel and Myanmar Signed a BIT

Israel and Myanmar signed the agreement on reciprocal promotion and protection of investments on 5 October 2014 in Yangon. The agreement is intended to strengthen...

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Azerbaijan and Russia signed a Bilateral Investment Treaty

On 29 September 2014 Azerbaijan and Russia signed the agreement on promotion and reciprocal protection of investments. The agreement is designed to ensure...

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Chile-Hong Kong FTA Enters into Force

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA), signed by Chile and Hong Kong, China in 2012, will enter into force on 9 October 2014. The agreement governs a wide range of issues including...

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Canada and Korea Signed a Free Trade Agreement

On 22 September 2014, Canada and the Republic of Korea signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The agreement will cover a wide range of issues including trade in goods and services...

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India and ASEAN Signed a New Free Trade Agreement

India signed a free trade agreement (FTA) in services and investment with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Monday in New Delhi...

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Canada and Serbia Signed a New Bilateral Investment Treaty

On 1 September 2014, Serbia and Canada signed a "foreign investment promotion and protection agreement" during Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird's visit to Belgrade.

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Singapore signed BITs with Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast

Singapore Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr S. Iswaran signed a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. The Burkina Faso-Singapore BIT...

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Colombia and Turkey Signed a Bilateral Investment Treaty

Colombia and Turkey signed the Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments on 28 July 2014 in Bogotá. The Minister of Commerce, Industry and...

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Japan and Mongolia Signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

Negotiations for the agreement started in 2012. Under the deal that covers a range of products including beef and cars, all Mongolian exports to Japan and 96% of Japanese...

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