Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 03/2015

The Canada-China BIT 2012: Perspectives and Implications

Armand de Mestral

September 2014

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment


The Canada-China BIT could provide insight on the key issues to be discussed in a possible US-China BIT. A particularly controversial issue will be the terms of investor-state arbitration (ISA). But as ISA becomes increasingly controversial between developed democratic states, it may become harder to negotiate ISA with China.