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This long-awaited volume featuring contributions from top African international lawyers and voices from the continent critically explores the notion of international investment law from an African perspective. It does so by confronting some of the very hard questions with regard to the relationship between international investment and development that have either eluded or not been properly addressed in contemporary scholarships. After many years of popularity, investment treaties have recently caused increasing concern among States, most prominently for the unbalanced nature of their content, the often inadequate safeguard of the regulatory powers of the host State and the shortcomings of international investment arbitration. Some States have upgraded their investment treaties, others have revised their investment treaty model, and others have opted for facilitation agreements. This innovative monograph critically explores all these contentious issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Jean d’Aspremont and Alicia Köppen

(hereafter referred to as the AfSIL Principles) 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 AfSIL Principles boil down to a series of recommendations on international investment law that call for a recalibration of the ways in which international investment

in African perspectives in international investment law
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Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu and Makane Moïse Mbengue

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 AfSIL Principles 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

in African perspectives in international investment law