Thursday, October 7, 2010

Van Harten: Reforming the NAFTA Investment Regime

Gus Van Harten (York Univ. - Osgoode Hall Law) has posted Reforming the NAFTA Investment Regime. Here's the abstract:
The discussion in this paper elaborates a tiered set of reforms designed to (1) protect foreign investment, while (2) affording appropriate policy space for governments to develop and regulate their economies in a sustainable manner and (3) ensuring equitable governance of investment disputes such that foreign investors are not privileged, procedurally or substantively, over domestic investors and citizens. The paper includes a detailed appendix with proposed reforms to the NAFTA Chapter 11 text.