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Investment law’s Roots in Customary International law: Why Investment Law and Trade Diverge Regarding the Right to Regulate »

Shu XU, Yingying WU, Henry Hailong JIA
The existing regimes of international investment law and trade law both face a prominent issue, namely, the balance between investment protection/trade liberalization on the one hand and the right of host states/importing countries to regulate for non-economic purposes on the other hand. However, investment law has taken an approach that is different from that of trade law in dealing with the issue. In addressing the balancing issue, this chapter finds investment law has deep roots in customary international law and argues that the roots of investment law in customary international law can partially explain why investment law is kept apart from trade law in this context.