Partner Yas Banifatemi (Paris-International Arbitration) has published an article, “France,” in Commentaries On Selected Model International Investment Treaties (C. Brown and D. Kirshnan eds., Cambridge University Press, 2013) (with A. von Walter), January 17, 2013. The following is an excerpt.
“In the field of investment protection, France has unquestionably played a central role in establishing a network of international investment relations and promoting this field of the law. With increasing outward flows and investment policy initiated in the early 1960s, France progressively expanded its investment reach to cover all continents and all regions in the world. Today, out of the 121 bilateral investment treaties signed by France, 96 are in force and cover a vast geographic area. Although no French Model BIT was formally publicized until 2006,2 French treaty practice clearly shows the trends and consistency achieved over the years by the French negotiators in the formulation of the treaties entered into by France and, thus, in the protection level benefitting French investors in other countries and foreign investors in France.”