Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 03/2015

Germany, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and investment-dispute settlement: Observations on a paradox

Ralph Alexander Lorz

October 2014

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment


The TTIP and its ISDS provisions have come under pressure from countries that have embraced free trade agreements and investment protection, most notably Germany. The new political environment in Germany entails a major hazard for the agreement and will likely compel the sacrifice of ISDS to save its substance.