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Hub News Article Apr 19, 2017

IIA Mapping Project Update: Content analysis available for over 2,500 IIAs

UNCTAD has just updated the IIA Mapping Project database. It now covers over 2,500 treaties – about 80 per cent of all treaties for which texts are available.

The updated database includes an additional 600 treaties mapped by participants from 30 universities.

The IIA Mapping Project database provides a detailed analysis of investment agreements based on 100 options for treaty design. It offers a tool for policymakers and researchers to analyse trends in the drafting of investment treaties.

UNCTAD's IIA Mapping Project database allows you to:

  • Browse through the mapped content of over 2,500 investment treaties
  • Select treaties based on elements of your interest (e.g. qualifiers for FET, the scope of the expropriation clause or ISDS)
  • Specify your search based on the country, type of agreement, status and year
  • View the complete mapping for any specific treaty of your interest

About the Project

The IIA Mapping Project is a collaborative initiative between UNCTAD and universities worldwide to map the content of IIAs.

Each individual treaty was mapped by at least two different universities under the supervision of law professors and with the overall guidance and coordination of UNCTAD.

The mapping involves a careful study of each agreement with a view to identifying legal approaches to the treaty elements. It builds upon UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development.

The IIA Mapping Project is an ongoing effort that aims to map all IIAs for which texts are available.

We thank our partners – participants and professors – at more than 45 universities around the globe for their time and efforts in support of UNCTAD’s IIA Mapping Project.