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Australia's embrace of investor state dispute settlement: a challenge to the social contract ideal?

Faunce, Thomas


This paper explores the origins of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) treaties and their implications for the Australian social contract. This analysis includes how and why ISDS emerged in NAFTA, was rebuffed with the failure of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), and became incorporated into most subsequent bilateral US trade and investment agreements. The paper considers Australia's exposure to ISDS—first through using it in bilateral investment agreements in nations with...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of International Affairs
DOI: 10.1080/10357718.2015.1048781


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