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Hub News Article Jul 01, 2016

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

Geneva, 1 July 2016 – UNCTAD launched the IIA Mapping Project database. The new database is part of UNCTAD's IIA Navigator and contains a detailed mapping of 1,400 international investment agreements (IIAs). The IIA Mapping Project is an ongoing effort that aims to map all IIAs for which texts are available (about 2,700).

The IIA Mapping Project is a collaborative initiative between UNCTAD and universities worldwide to map the content of IIAs. The resulting database offers a tool for policymakers, researchers and other investment and development stakeholders to understand trends in IIA drafting, assess the prevalence of different policy approaches and identify treaty examples. The IIA Mapping Project builds upon UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development.

The IIA Mapping Project database allows users to:

  • View elements of over 1,400 investment treaties
  • Select treaties based on key elements (e.g. qualifiers for fair and equitable treatment, scope of the expropriation clause or investor-State dispute settlement)
  • Compare treaty elements over time and across countries

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.

We thank our partners – students and professors – at more than 25 universities around the globe for their time and efforts in support of UNCTAD's IIA Mapping Project.