About this book:
Toward Uniformly Accepted Principles for Interpreting MFN Clauses is a visionary book that provides a definitive overview of the complex ambiguities surrounding interpretation and application of most-favored-nation clauses (MFNCs). Albeit customarily, international jurisprudence and tribunals tend to safeguard the host State’s sovereignty at the expense of foreign investor protection. The author of this in-depth research elucidates that such an approach is not warranted under international law rules on the treaties’ interpretation. Based on the history of MFNCs and applicable treaty and customary international law, this novel book furnishes a set of principles that would guide international courts and tribunals when interpreting MFNCs.
What’s in this book:
This compendium of all publicly available international cases relating to MFNCs sheds light on the various legal interpretive theories that have arisen. In the process, the author’s groundbreaking insights:
- shatter commonly held misconceptions about the investor-State regime and the misguided belief that States are at a disadvantage in the investor-State dispute settlement system;
- challenge the conception that interpretation and application of MFNCs by investment tribunals give rise to a claim of infringement of State sovereignty; and
- put to the test the widely held conception that international tribunals’ interpretation of MFNCs has led to an incoherent, inconsistent, and unpredictable international arbitration regime.
The book’s substantive analysis centers on the debate about misapplication of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and other interpretive theories by tribunals. It also examines jurisdictional and critical issues involving MFNCs.
How this will help you:
This book emphasizes the functional benefits of greater uniformity in investor-State jurisprudence and its research-based promotion of consistency and coherence and will prove invaluable to investors, State policymakers, relevant international organizations, arbitrators and other practitioners, academics, and all parties advocating reform in the investor-State dispute settlement regime.
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Chapter 1 History of Development of MFNCs and Background of MFN Issues
Chapter 2 Underlying Theories for Interpreting MFNCs
Chapter 3 International Law Commission and MFNCs
Chapter 4 Interpretation of MFNC
Chapter 5 Misapplication of Interpretive Principles and Cannons of Interpretation Arising out of International Law Sources Other than the VCLT
Chapter 6 Application of MFNCs to Jurisdictional Issues
Chapter 7 Interpretation and Application of MFNCs in Relation to Substantive Provisions