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Fools Gold? Legitimate Expectations as Understood in Glamis Gold v USA

The recent decision of Glamis Gold v USA constitutes a leap forward in the articulation of norms of international investment law.  Paragraphs 1 through 9 contain an admirable description of the role of ad-hoc international investment tribunals in the determination of claims, a description that is articulate, precise, accurate and well measured. Such a development is to be welcomed, and was much needed. However, in addition to this, the decision is notable in its contribution to the development of the doctrine of legitimate expectations in the context of international investment law. The obligation on the host State to respect the legitimate expectations of the investor constitutes what has been variously referred to by tribunals as a 'facet', 'component', or 'sub category' of the fair and equitable treatment provision commonly found in a number of bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. This provision has been elaborated by international investment tribunals over the course of the last four decades, and, in addition to legitimate expectations, has been found to include an obligation to not act in…

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Investment Treaties and EU law

Piet Eeckhout is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for European Law at King's College London. In two parallel decisions of March of this year (Case C-249/06 Commission v Sweden and Case C-205/06 Commission v…

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International Investment Arbitration: Poisoned at the Root?

 Tolga R Yalkin is a graduate student in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford and President of Oxford Pro Bono Publico, a public interest law program of the Oxford Law Faculty. His Oxford thesis considers the international minimum standard of treatment in international investment law.  Earlier…

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The Tension between International Law as ‘Law’ and International Governance: A Comment on the EJIL Debate between Mónica García-Salmones and Andrew Lang and Rosie Cooney

Dr Caroline Foster is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and was a diplomat and legal adviser at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has a special interest in the nexus between trade, human rights and the environment and she has…

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Human Rights, International Economic Law and ‘Constitutional Justice’: a Reply by Robert Howse to Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann’s Article in EJIL Vol 19:4

In issue 4 of our year marking the anniversary of the UDHR, we published an article by Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann on "Human Rights, International Economic Law and 'Constitutional Justice'". We continue the discussion by publishing a reply and a rejoinder to this piece. We invite our readers to comment. Herein find a reply by Robert Howse to Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann: "Together with developments…

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