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The Investment Version of the Asian Noodle Bowl: The Proliferation of International Investment Agreements

dc.contributor.authorJulien Chaisse
dc.contributor.authorShintaro Hamanaka
dc.date.accessioned2015-04-29T14:29:29Z
dc.date.available2015-04-29T14:29:29Z
dc.date.issued2014-04-15
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11540/4189
dc.description.abstractWhile there is an extensive amount of literature on the noodle bowl of agreements in Asia, the majority of studies exclusively focus on trade (in goods). So far, little emphasis has been placed on the proliferation of international investment treaties (IIAs). Given the significance of IIAs, it is ideal to tackle them extensively as well. Investment chapters under free trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral and plurilateral investment treaties constitute IIAs. There are more than 1,000 IIAs in Asia. The noodle bowl of FTAs usually results in more options for traders and even can bring unexpected preferences for third parties. These outcomes are all welfare-enhancing, but the literature has overemphasized the effect of complicated rules of origins and other issues. On the other hand, the story of the proliferation of IIAs and the investment noodle bowl is totally different, and as such would lead to inconsistency across IIAs and bring legal interpretation problems as well as the proliferation of unexpected investor-state disputes. This paper aims to provide a detailed reading of recent advances in Asian investment rule-making and a finer appreciation of how rules in Asian IIAs have evolved in response to stimuli. While existing studies mainly deal with the interpretation and application of the IIAs in which the rules are given, this study deals in turn with the development of rules, including investment protection. The main objective of the paper is to describe and provide an exhaustive mapping of the recent Asian experiences in investment rule-making through regional and bilateral agreements, providing a detailed analytical account of key dimensions of investment treaties. This comprehensive study offers insights on the possible make-up of future attempts at embedding comprehensive investment norms into the regional (such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership) and/or WTO
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank
dc.rightsCC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
dc.titleThe Investment Version of the Asian Noodle Bowl: The Proliferation of International Investment Agreements
dc.typeWorking Papers
dc.subject.expertFree Trade
dc.subject.expertTrade
dc.subject.expertTrade Agreements
dc.subject.expertRegional Economic Integration
dc.subject.expertIntraregional Trade
dc.subject.adbExports
dc.subject.adbEconomic integration
dc.subject.adbExports
dc.subject.adbEconomic integration
dc.subject.adbDistribution
dc.subject.adbEconomic integration
dc.subject.adbDevelopment Bank
dc.subject.adbTrade policy
dc.subject.adbTrade policy
dc.subject.naturalEuro
dc.subject.naturalInflation
dc.subject.naturalBusiness
dc.subject.naturalFinance
dc.subject.naturalFree trade
dc.title.seriesWorking Paper Series On Regional Economic Integration
dc.title.volume128
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank
oar.themeTrade
oar.themeRegional
oar.themeSmall Medium Business
oar.adminregionAsia and the Pacific Region
oar.countryBangladesh
oar.countryBhutan
oar.countryIndia
oar.countryMaldives
oar.countryNepal
oar.countrySri Lanka
oar.countryBrunei Darussalam
oar.countryCambodia
oar.countryIndonesia
oar.countryLao People's Democratic
oar.countryMalaysia
oar.countryMyanmar
oar.countryPhilippines
oar.countrySingapore
oar.countryThailand
oar.countryViet Nam
oar.countryCook Islands
oar.countryFiji Islands
oar.countryKiribati
oar.countryMarshall Islands
oar.countryFederated States of Micronesia
oar.countryNauru
oar.countryPalau
oar.countryPapua New Guinea
oar.countrySamoa
oar.countrySolomon Islands
oar.countryTimor-Leste
oar.countryTonga
oar.countryTuvalu
oar.countryVanuatu
oar.countryAfghanistan
oar.countryArmenia
oar.countryAzerbaijan
oar.countryGeorgia
oar.countryKazakhstan
oar.countryKyrgyz Republic
oar.countryPakistan
oar.countryTajikistan
oar.countryTurkmenistan
oar.countryUzbekistan
oar.countryPeople's Republic of China
oar.countryHong Kong
oar.countryChina
oar.countryRepublic of Korea
oar.countryMongolia
oar.countryTaipei,China
oar.identifierOAR-004583
oar.authorChaisse, Julien
oar.authorHamanaka, Shintaro
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