The general discussion in the previous chapter on the nature of international investment may lead one to ask a fundamental question: What relationship does international investment, a basically economic phenomenon, have to do with law and the legal system? The purpose of this chapter is to explore that question and to probe the theoretical and practical relationships between law and investment. The word “law” in this context does not refer to any specific legislation or legal rule, many of which will be discussed in great detail in subsequent chapters, but rather...
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