New report: the limits of FDI in Latin America

The Global Development and

Environment Institute (GDAE) is releasing a new discussion paper from the

GDAE-sponsored Working Group on Development and Environment in the Americas.

Building on previous work on foreign investment in Latin America, the new

report highlights the limited benefits of foreign direct investment and

investment liberalization in the region:

Justice Denied: Dispute Settlement in Latin America’s Trade and

Investment Agreements,” Michael Mortimore, Leonardo Stanley. Working Group

Discussion Paper DP27, October 2009.

This report analyses the arbitration schemes under investor-state dispute

provisions in Latin America’s numerous trade

and investment agreements. The authors find that such provisions are biased

toward international investors. Such a bias can skew legal systems in the

region and threaten the ability of foreign investment to spur much-needed

economic development in the Americas.

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