UNCITRAL and ISDS reforms: the divided West and the battle by and for the Rest

Anthea Roberts, Taylor St John

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The UNCITRAL debates over ISDS reforms can serve as a real-world laboratory for observing changes in the national interests and policies of different countries, as well as shifts in their geopolitical weight and alignments. As part of a commitment to transparency, UNCITRAL decided to allow a wide range of observers in the room and to make recordings of the debates available. Such transparency gives non-state actors a chance to analyse these dynamics in real time and to consider not only what they mean for ISDS reforms but how they reflect and reinforce broader shifts in international economic governance. During the latest Working Group III meeting in April in New York, we observed a divided West and an emerging battle by and for the Rest.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationEJIL Talk: Blog of the European Journal of International Law
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2019


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