G20 International Investment Agreements and Guiding Principles for Global Investment Policymaking

Date period
16 November 2017

G20 countries represent an important part of the universe of international investment agreements (IIAs) accounting for almost half of all IIAs currently in place. This paper maps the IIAs concluded by G20 economies, with the goal of examining whether there is a common thread between those countries regarding investment protection. For that purpose, the paper considers the most important provisions on investment protection ranging from the scope and definition of investment and investors to the presence of investor-state dispute settlement provisions.

Implemented jointly by ICTSD and the World Economic Forum, the E15Initiative was established to convene world-class experts and institutions to generate strategic analysis and recommendations for government, business, and civil society geared towards strengthening the global trade and investment system for sustainable development.