Washington International Law Journal


Southeast Asia attracts foreign investment more rapidly than elsewhere in the world, including China. Southeast Asia’s evolving regional strategies, norms, institutions, and politics for investment governance should be of considerable interest to global decision-makers. This Article compares evolving investment treaty strategies and norms between the regional investment treaties of: (1) the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (“ASEAN”); (2) the latest draft investment chapter of the China-led sixteen-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (“RCEP”), to which all ten ASEAN Member States are also negotiating parties; and (3) some features of the current draft investment chapter for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (now renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (“CPTPP”)).

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