Foreign Investors and the Colombian Peace Process

Andrei Gomez-Suarez, Nicolás M. Perrone, Enrique Prieto Ríos

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Abstract

The International Investment Regime (iir) materialises in international arbitral tribunals that protect the rights of foreign investors. Could these tribunals hamper the implementation of exceptional measures agreed to end armed conflicts? The principle of proportionality, usually employed to balance competing demands such as the interests of international investors and the right of states to self-determination, could fall short when it comes to the concept of a nation and a society's right to peace. Focusing on the Colombian peace process, this article argues that the agreement on land redistribution, a cornerstone of the peace agreements, benefits the whole society, including foreign investors. However, the colonialist nature of the iir could lead foreign investors, who see their investments and expected profits affected, to demand compensation for governmental land acquisition. The Colombian case suggests powerful lessons for the willingness of transitional states to defend their people's right to peace in international tribunals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-247
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Community Law Review
Volume18
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • BITS
  • Colombian Peace Process
  • colonialism
  • foreign investors
  • International Investment Law
  • International Investment Regime
  • international law
  • peace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law

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