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Theorizing Responsibility In The Investor State Dispute Resolution System, Kristen Boon Jul 2022

Theorizing Responsibility In The Investor State Dispute Resolution System, Kristen Boon

St. John's Law Review

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The Investor-State Dispute System (“ISDS”) permits investors to sue states when their investments are injured. The system was designed to protect investors and impose responsibilities on states; it is uncontroversial to say that the ISDS system is one-sided. But a chorus of voices is now asking: should investors have responsibilities too? The narrative is one of injustice, driven by the perception that states have signed on to a system that has left them with large financial exposure to investors. This viewpoint has been reinforced, in the eyes of some, by the influence of big business, and by state losses …