Non-Discrimination and The Role of Regulatory Purpose in International Trade and Investment Law

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Central to this book is an analysis of the obligation upon states to ensure non-discrimination in the form of adherence to the principles of national treatment and most-favoured nation treatment. These are critical principles for both international trade law and international investment law, yet the case-law in both fields reveals significant inconsistencies regarding key elements of non-discrimination. Tribunals have invoked 'regulatory purpose' to assist in identifying relevant discrimination, but have done so without offering a definition of regulatory purpose and in significantly differing ways. This book explains these inconsistencies and offers a new definition of regulatory purpose.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCheltenham UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages181
ISBN (Electronic)9781785368097
ISBN (Print)9781785368103
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2016

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