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(hereafter referred to as the AfSILPrinciples) on 29 October 2016. It is the ambition of this chapter
to discuss and situate the specific mode of contestation of the
international investment regime espoused by AfSIL.
The AfSILPrinciples boil down to a series of
recommendations on international investment law that call for a
recalibration of the ways in which international investment
of the contestations that are at the forefront of the debate on the
reform of the international investment regime. 8 These two issues which the African Society of
International Law (AfSIL) attempted to deal with in the 2016 AfSILPrinciples on International Investment for Sustainable Development in
Africa may sound belated or even modest. Despite the numerous
scholarships on the subject, it is indeed very timely to revisit the