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date: 24 January 2021

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Against the background of globalization, the evolution of international trade and investment law, not surprisingly, largely mirrors the evolution of other branches of state practice, including its seemingly inexorable tendency towards greater integration, moving from bilateral treaty practice towards regional and multilateral arrangements of shared common principles, objectives, standards, and disciplines. It is appropriate to take stock of the current situation of intersections and interactions between international trade and investment law, at different levels of integration. This article, therefore, seeks first to trace the history, and to provide a summary survey, of the ongoing parallel evolution of bilateral and plurilateral approaches to investment and trade; it provides, secondly, an examination of investment-related provisions in various World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements and of investment provisions and case-law under Regional Free Trade Agreements; and thirdly, it analyses a number of building blocks for a possible future WTO-based Investment Agreement.

Keywords: international trade, investment, World Trade Organization, investment provisions, case-law, Regional Free Trade Agreements

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