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Recent trends suggest that international economic law may be witnessing a renaissance of convergence – both parallel and intersectional. The adjudicative process also reveals signs of convergence. These diverse claims of convergence are of legal, empirical and normative interest. Yet, convergence discourse also warrants scepticism. This volume contributes to both the general debate on the fragmentation of international law and the narrower discourse concerning the interplay between international trade and investment, focusing on dispute settlement. It moves beyond broad observations or singular case studies to provide an informed and wide-reaching assessment by investigating multiple standards, processes, mechanisms and behaviours. Methodologically, a normative stance is largely eschewed in favour of a range of 'doctrinal,' quantitative and qualitative methods that are used to address the research questions. Furthermore, in determining the extent of convergence or divergence, it is important to recognize that there is no bright line or clear yardstick for determining its nature or degree.


'Facing a most severe legitimacy crisis, trade and investment adjudication is at a crossroads. This remarkable book makes a powerful case for basing policy decisions about the future of the field on an empirical analysis of dispute settlement design options and past performance of investment arbitration and WTO adjudication. A must read for all those thinking about how to reform trade and investment adjudication - and those crafting the future.'

Stephan Schill - University of Amsterdam

‘Adjudicating Trade and Investment Disputes is an excellent, timely contribution to the growing field of scholarship on the overlap between the two most important spheres of international economic law.’

David Collins Source: International Trade Law & Regulation

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