Investment policy

Freedom of Investment Roundtables: Summary of Discussions


This page provides access to the summary reports from the roundtables that take place within the framework of the Freedom of Investment process hosted by the OECD Investment Committee.

30th Roundtable - 13 March 2019

  • Investment treaties and level playing fields
  • Acquisition- and ownership-related policies to safeguard essential security interests
  • Business responsibilities and investment treaties
  • Recent investment policy developments


29th Roundtable- 23 October 2018

  • Adjudicators in investor-state dispute settlement: selection and compensation
  • Joint government interpretations of investment treaties
  • Divestment decisions by multinational enterprises
  • Recent investment policy developments
  • Presentation by Professor Malcolm Langford on new research databases for investment treaties and ISDS, and on recent research on the “revolving door” for ISDS arbitrators


28th Roundtable - 13 March 2018

  • Appointing authorities and the selection of arbitrators in Investor-State dispute settlement
  • Societal benefits and costs of International Investment Agreements: proposed empirical research
  • Recent investment policy developments


27th Roundtable - 17 October 2017

  • Arbitrators, Adjudicators and Appointing Authorities in ISDS
  • Societal benefits and costs of International Investment Agreements
  • Balance of investor protection and the right to regulate: statistics on fair and equitable treatment provisions
  • Recent investment policy developments


26th Roundtable - 8 March 2017

  • Investment treaties and adjudicator compensation systems
  • Presentation on investment treaty policy by invited expert Professor Anthea Roberts
  • Recent investment policy developments and investment treaty developments
  • Foreign investment review mechanisms


25th Roundtable - 17 October 2016

  • Arbitrators, adjudicators and appointing authorities in investment treaty dispute settlement
  • India’s new model investment treaty
  • Recent investment policy developments and investment treaty developments
  • An international framework for investment facilitation

24th Roundtable - 15 March 2016

  • Feedback from the annual conference on investment treaties
  • The balance between investor protection and the right to regulate
  • Societal benefits of international investment agreements
  • Recent investment policy developments and investment treaty developments

23rd Roundtable - 13-14 October 2015

  • Societal benefits of international investment agreements
  • A welfare economic view of international investment agreements by Prof. Emma Aisbett
  • The balance between investor protection and the right to regulate
  • Investment policies related to national security
  • Recent investment policy and investment treaty developments

22nd Roundtable - 17 March 2015

21st Roundtable - 14 October 2014

  • State-to-State dispute settlement
  • Recent investment policy developments

20th Roundtable - 19 March 2014

  • Investment treaties over time
  • Legal principles applicable to joint government interpretation of investment treaties 
  • Use of OECD materials in ISDS cases to date 
  • Competitive neutrality and investment by state-owned enterprises 
  • Hidden protectionism 
  • Recent investment policy developments for Australia, Canada, Korea, Mexico, South Africa and the US

19th Roundtable - 15-16 October 2013

  • Hidden protectionism
  • Recent policy developments for Australia, Australia/New Zealand, Austrian, Canada, China/US, France, Korea, and UK/US.
  • Further consideration of shareholder claims in ISDS
  • Investment treaty practice and interpretation in a changing world
  • Competitive neutrality
  • Presentation by Prof. Eilís Ferran on reflective loss in corporate law and ISDS
  • Presentation by Prof. Simon J Evenett on the relevance of crisis-era protectionism for cross-border investment


18th Roundtable - 20 March 2013

17th Roundtable - 8 October 2012

  • Continued consideration of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)
  • Public consultation on ISDS
  • Roundtable progress report on ISDS
  • Recent policy developments for Austria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, the United States, and other issues

16th Roundtable - 20 March 2012

15th Roundtable - 5 December 2011

14th Roundtable - 22 March 2011

13th Roundtable  - 5 October 2010

  • Recent policy developments for Canada and South Korea
  • Country responses to Argentina’s position on payment of ICSID arbitral debt
  • Recent annulments of awards under ICSID
  • Green growth and international investment law

12th Roundtable - 26 March 2010 

11th Roundtable - 7 October 2009

10th Roundtable - 26 March 2009

9th Roundtable - 17 December 2008

  • Recent policy developments for France, Germany, Italy and New Zealand
  • Practical difficulties for foreign investors of multiple, host country approval processes
  • Competition policy perspectives on foreign government controlled investments

8th Roundtable - 8 October 2008

  • Recent policy developments for Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan and the United States
  • Accountability in security-related investment reviews
  • Foreign government controlled investments

7th Roundtable - 26 March 2008 French ]

  • Review of OECD investment acquis  
  • Progress report on the development of guidelines for recipient country investment policies relating to national security

6th Roundtable - 13 December 2007

  • Recent policy developments for France, Germany, Japan, Russia and the United States
  • Transparency and predictability in security-related investment reviews
  • Benefits of open markets for energy security
  • Consultation on Sovereign Wealth Funds

4th Roundtable - 30 March 2007


3rd Roundtable - 6 December 2006


1st Roundtable - 21 June 2006


Progress reports



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