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The EU- China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment represents a significant milestone in the trading and investment relationship of two of the world’s largest economies. This article examines the key provisions of the agreement in principle and the changes they would bring for EU investors and foreign direct investment flows. Additionally, this article analyses the gaps in the agreement and seeks to shed some light on the possible future direction of travel in the areas of investment protection and investor- state dispute settlement. It also assesses whether the provisions on sustainability actually advance the EU’s value- based trade agenda.

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_China-Outward-Investment_EDI.pdf > accessed 25 February 2021. 113 Karl Sauvant and Michael Nolan, ‘China’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment and International Investment Law’ (2015) 42(1) JIEL 893. 114 Saren Abgaryan, ‘EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment in the Context of Chinese Bilateral Investment Treaty Program

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1 Introduction The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) stands out in the practice and theory of investment rule-making because it involves, among others, rules regarding State-owned enterprises (SOEs) – a systemic issue in international economic law. 1 Although trade rules

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have emphasised the importance of not pursuing economic growth at the expense of the environment. 6 In terms of substance, the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) is a new treaty that further blurs the lines between trade and investment law. 7 Several matters covered by the CAI used

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1 Introduction The first aspect that needs stressing when analysing the ‘agreement in principle’ reached by the European Union (EU) and China for the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) is that ‘the text still requires technical work’, as put in the second sentence of the

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in the international investment regime. Accordingly, the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) represents an important milestone in international investment law and the agreement reached in the context of the CAI can possibly set the tone for future international investment agreements

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1 Introduction The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) 1 devotes a specific section to the settlement of disputes, section V, which establishes ‘an effective and efficient mechanism for avoiding and settling any disputes between the Parties’. 2 It is completed by two

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with third countries. 22 This shift of competence post-Lisbon forms the basis of a unified BIT between the EU and China, namely the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). Therefore, to achieve induced reciprocity between an EU Member State and China regarding their national FDI

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Introduction Against the background of the ongoing suspension of the procedure of adoption of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), this article takes a step back to contextualise and explain the final processes that led to the conclusion ‘in principle’ of the CAI, as well

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2022 | DOI:10.1163/24689017_0601003 chapter 2 EU- China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment – A Rebalancing of Investment Relations Ronan O’Reilly* Abstract The EU- China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment represents a significant milestone in the trading