- List of Contributors
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Cited GATT Panel and Working Party Reports and their Common Abbreviations
- List of Cited WTO Panel and Appellate Body Reports, Other Initiated WTO Disputes, and their Common Abbreviations
- Table of Cases
- The Evolution of the World Trading System – The Economic and Policy Context
- The Evolution of the World Trading System – The Legal and Institutional Context
- The Place of the WTO in the International System
- WTO Institutional Aspects
- Responding to National Concerns
- Regional Trade Agreements
- The Institutional Dimension
- Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, and Interpretation
- Procedural and Evidentiary Issues
- Standard of Review in WTO Law
- Remedies and Compliance
- The Limits of Judicial Processes
- Trade and Development
- Trade and Environment
- Trade and Labour
- Trade and Human Rights
- Trade and Health
- Trade and Investment
- Trade and Competition Policy
- WTO and Civil Society
- International Trade Law, United Nations Law, and Collective Security Issues
- Regulating Multinational Corporations and International Trade Law
- Law, Culture, and Values in the WTO – Gazing into the Crystal Ball
Abstract and Keywords
This article focuses on some of the common features of investment agreement, including their prohibition of discriminatory treatment, treatment below the minimum standard, and expropriation without compensation. The purpose of this article is to highlight some of their common ground for the purpose of comparing these agreements with the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) coverage of investment. The primary concern of WTO rules is to reduce barriers to trade in goods and services. They are concerned only with investment measures that affect trade in goods and services. The general agreement on trade in services has been hailed as a major achievement of the Uruguay Round 24 and a significant step in establishing an international framework for trade in services. This article provides an analysis of the basic provisions and shows that investment agreements provide a wider net to catch more types of measures than WTO agreements.
Rodney Neufeld is Legal Officer, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
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