David Collins

in The BRIC States and Outward Foreign Direct Investment

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199652716
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746185 | DOI:

Series: International Economic Law Series


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This chapter describes the phenomenon of outward foreign direct investment (FDI) from Russia. Russia has a unique perspective on international investment law. Its status as a net FDI exporter is often not appreciated by commentators. In addition, its weak integration into the institutional structure of international economic relations has really helped the growth of Russian outward FDI, as represented by its long-term absence from the World Trade Organisation (WTO). It is noted that Russian bilateral investment treaties (BITs) tend to consider a provision guaranteeing qualified investors most favoured nation (MFN) treatment. Over the last two decades, the inconsistent pattern of Russia's investment treaty practice has led to the broad diversity of BITs in force today. Russia's commitment to a program of BITs may have helped their considerable FDI flows in recent years.

Keywords: outward foreign direct investment; russia; world trade organisation; bilateral investment treaties; most favoured nation; investors

Chapter.  13601 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public International Law

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