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To Terminate or Not to Terminate Intra-Regional BITs: Lessons from Different Economic Blocs
• This event was originally scheduled for September 15, but it has been rescheduled for October 27. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Megaregional treaties that include investment chapters – like the USMCA and CPTPP – have been increasingly common in recent years. But what happens to the pre-existing bilateral investment treaties (BITs) between parties once they enter into a megaregional agreement?

How such “intra-regional BITs” are dealt with is a crucial and overlooked question, with important implications for investment governance coherence and the impact of investment treaty reforms. Different regional blocs have dealt with this question in various ways. Some regions are terminating their intra-regional BITs and replacing them with newer megaregional agreements; others explicitly allow for co-existence between intra-regional BITs and newer agreements; while others remain silent.

This webinar aims to draw lessons from different economic blocs exploring how they deal with existing investment treaties once newer mega-regional or multilateral treaties come into force.

Speakers will examine these different approaches to their design and process and detail the specific policy and legal implications raised.

• Nyaguthii Maina, Associate, IISD

Confirmed Speakers:
• Jaroslav Kudrna, Head of the International Arbitration and Investment Protection Unit, Ministry of Finance, Czech Republic
• Emily Mburu-Ndoria, Director, Directorate of Trade in Services, Investment, IPR, and Digital Trade, AfCFTA Secretariat
• Suzy Nikièma, Lead, Sustainable Investment, IISD
• Vanessa Rivas Plata, President, Special Commission Representing Peru in International Investment Disputes
• Yuanita Ruchyat, Senior Officer, Investment, Services and Investment Division, Market Integration Directorate, ASEAN Economic Community Department, ASEAN Secretariat
• Stefanie Schacherer, Assistant Professor of Law, Singapore Management University

Oct 27, 2022 12:00 PM in Greenwich Mean Time

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