Travelling the National Route: South Africa's Protection of Investment Act 2015

Gazzini, Tarcisio (2018) Travelling the National Route: South Africa's Protection of Investment Act 2015. African Journal of International and Comparative Law, 26 (2). pp. 242-263. ISSN 0954-8890

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With the 2015 Protection Investment Act, the pendulum of the rights and obligations in the field of foreign investment has swung decisively in favour of the state. Balancing private and public rights and obligations is more than legitimate, as is switching from international treaties to domestic legislation. What is not convincing is the necessity of the drastic reduction of foreign investors’ substantive and procedural rights realised by the Act. It is argued that a better equilibrium could have been achieved by adjusting the existing level of legal protection for foreign investors, either by amending or even renegotiating existing treaties, or by the adoption of domestic legislation properly protecting the interest of foreign investors while preserving the capacity of South Africa to fully exercise its sovereign prerogatives.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: foreign investment,south africa,investment act 2015,investment treaties,expropriation,arbitration
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > International Law
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 07 May 2023 23:59
DOI: 10.3366/ajicl.2018.0230


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