Professor & Associate Dean (Academic) Gus Van Harten’s latest book, “The Trouble with Foreign Investor Protection,” is “essential reading for anyone wanting to know more about the shady world of investment protection.”

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Governments are rightly discussing reform of investment treaties, and of the incredibly powerful system of "investor-state dispute settlement" (ISDS) upon which they rest. At their core, ISDS treaties are flawed because they very firmly institute wealth-based inequality under international law. In this book, Van Harten explores these claims in the light of the history of early ISDS treaties showing their ties to decolonization and, at times, extreme violence and authoritarianism.