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Research project

Foreign investment in Africa

English The purpose of this research is to identify and examine the challenges faced by African States in the field of foreign investment with a view to contribute not only to the academic debate, but also to foster awareness and develop the capacities of these States with regard to the drafting, negotiation and conclusion of investment-related instruments, their implementation, and the settlement of the disputes that may arise from these.

2013 - 2015
Eric De Brabandere
FNS (Swiss National Science Foundation)
  1. University of Geneva
  2. University of Lausanne

Foreign investments represent for Arica an unprecedented opportunity to achieve the objectives indicated in the UN Millennium Declaration and most importantly the promotion of sustainable development and the eradication of poverty.

The extent to which Africa States will benefit from this historical opportunity will depend to a large extent on their capacity to develop sound investment policies and to effectively translate these into international treaties,

domestic legislation and contracts with foreign multinational companies. The project aims at providing a systematic and comprehensive treatment of the network of international investment agreements in Africa and its evolution.

Particular attention will be paid to the remarkable process of political and economic regional and sub-regional integration,

which has already led to the adoption of increasingly sophisticated investment agreements and several initiatives for the settlement of the related disputes.

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