Investment policy

Conference on Investment Treaties: Policy Goals and Public Support


16 March 2015
OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France


Governments have been evaluating key aspects of investment treaties at meetings of the OECD-hosted Freedom of Investment (FOI) Roundtable since 2011. This conference assessed opportunities and challenges associated with investment treaties and how the system can be improved. Building on OECD analysis, the main topics covered:

  • Why do we have investment treaties, what changes are we making to them and how do we manage change?
  • The scope of investment treaty protection: What shareholder losses should be covered?
  • Strengthening public confidence in investment treaties: Improvements to Investor-State Dispute Settlement
  • The scope for improved management of the large network of investment treaties and how the OECD, working with other international organisations, can support constructive improvement and modernisation of the treaty system.

This conference gathered senior policy-makers and investment treaty negotiators from the 55 OECD and non-OECD countries participating in the FOI Roundtable for exchanges with leading representatives of business, civil society and academia, as well as international organisations.


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Speaker biographies 

Remarks by Gabriela Ramos, OECD

Remarks by Lisa J. Kubiske, US Department of State

Speech by Mr James Zhan, UNCTAD



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