Calls for a level playing field are a growing challenge for trade and investment treaty policy makers. At the 5th annual OECD Investment Treaty Conference, governments, stakeholders and experts will debate how level playing field concerns interact with investment policy.
Changes in the environment for international investment have led to new demands for a level playing field. Key evolutions include increased government competition for investment and concerns about delocalisation; the development of state-owned enterprises as major international investors and concerns about competitive neutrality; greater attention to business and investor responsibilities with regard to human rights; and growing inequalities in many economies.
As demands for a level playing field have intensified in this new environment, several aspects of investment treaty policy have become more controversial or important. As set out in the Outline of topic, the Conference will examine:
A concluding session will place current policy debates in historical perspective and consider potential ways forward.
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