Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

The WTO and International Investment Law
Converging Systems

Part of Cambridge International Trade and Economic Law

  • Date Published: February 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107009707


Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available for inspection. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an inspection copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • International law has historically regulated foreign trade and foreign investment differently. Distinct evolutionary pathways have led to variances in treaty form, institutional culture, and dispute settlement. With their inevitable erosion through the late twentieth to early twenty-first centuries, those weak boundaries have become porous and indefensible. Powerful economic, legal and sociological factors are now pushing the two systems together. In this book, Jürgen Kurtz systematically explores the often complex and little-understood dynamics of this convergence phenomenon. Kurtz addresses the growing connections between international trade and investment law, proposing a theoretically grounded and doctrinally tractable framework to understand the deepening relationship between them. The book also offers reform ideas and possibilities, providing treaty negotiators and other government officials with a set of theoretical insights and doctrinal models that can guide actors in building a justifiable and sustainable level of commonality between the two legal systems.

    • Proposes a new understanding of the relationship between international trade and investment law
    • Offers theoretical justifications for levels of convergence between the two regimes and expands the potential readership base beyond law to other disciplinary areas
    • Identifies vectors by which both legal regimes may achieve systemic maturation and will appeal to treaty negotiators and policy makers who are seeking to reform both systems
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Professor Kurtz's book is a stimulating and evocative treatment of a field of contemporary and growing importance. His thorough scholarship impresses, and his analysis and insight both inform and challenge. This is a very important work.' Donald McRae, Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies

    'The WTO and International Investment Law by Professor Jürgen Kurtz is without a doubt the most comprehensive and thorough study to date of the evolving relationship between international trade law and international investment law. It is magisterial in its scope, covering a broad range of international disputes (within the World Trade Organization) and relevant investor-state arbitrations. It engages with both trade law, and investment protection law, each on its own terms, with a fluency of discourse that will surely be appreciated by scholars and practitioners in both fields … [It] will be the standard against which all academic forays into this area of regime interaction will be measured.' Tomer Broude, Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies

    'Without doubt, this book is a comprehensive and stimulating study by an expert in both fields that will deepen understanding of the relationship between trade and investment. The author masterfully brings together discourses that are taking place between scholars and practitioners in each regime but frequently in relative isolation from each other.' Rhea T. Hoffmann, European Journal of International Law

    '… remarkable for the richness of its approach, covering both black letter law and doctrine as well as the conceptual and historical context of the converging, overlapping and still diverging systems - which makes for a book valuable even to those outside the immediate fields treated.' Joseph Weiler, European Journal of International Law

    'This is a challenging and inspiring book, with powerful arguments that will set the benchmark for future discussions on the relationship between WTO law and international investment law, their cross-fertilization and convergence, cross-inspiration and the borrowing of institutions, rules, interpretive methods and arguments.' Catherine Titi, Common Market Law Review

    'The WTO and International Investment Law offers the reader an intriguing picture of the current state of international investment law … highly recommended reading for everyone interested in the current as well as the future development of international investment law.' Ondřej Svoboda, Czech Yearbook of Public & Private International Law

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107009707
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. History
    3. National treatment
    4. Science as a common proxy for rational regulation
    5. Common exceptions and derogations
    6. Dispute settlement
    7. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Jürgen Kurtz, University of Melbourne
    Jürgen Kurtz is a Professor and Director of International Economic Law Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He also teaches as Visiting Professor of Law in the LLM in a European and Global Context at Universidade Catolica in Portugal, the LLM in International Economic Law and Policy at the University of Barcelona, and also teaches at the Singapore International Arbitration Academy and the Pearl River Academy of International Trade and Investment Law in Macau and Shenzhen, China. He is currently a director of the Society of International Economic Law and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of World Investment and Trade.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.