Labor provisions in bilateral investment treaties: Does the new US Model BIT provide a template for the future?

Prislan, Vid; Zandvliet, Ruben

Unlike its trade-counterpart, the relationship between international investment law and labor standards has neither resulted in much treaty practice nor attracted extensive scholarly attention. The 2004 US Model bilateral investment treaty (BIT) was among the first to devote a full article to labor standards (Article 13). The revised US Model BIT, published in May 2012, updates and expands this provision.


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Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment
Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment
Columbia FDI Perspectives, 92
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April 5, 2013


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