GEG seeks to understand the politics of the international investment regime and how it affects foreign investment in developing countries.

Our work on investment focuses on three issue areas:

  1. The political economy of foreign investment in developing countries, with a particular focus on Chinese investment overseas
  2. The implications of international investment policies – such as bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and investment chapters in trade agreements – for national regulatory policies in developing countries
  3. The increasing importance of developing countries as a source of outward foreign investment and implications for the international investment regime
Labour's investment bank plan could help fix our damaging financial system
The Future of the Global Trade and Investment Architecture: New Research from Carolyn Deere Birkbeck
Legal expert Anna Joubin-Bret discusses EU's radical proposal for global investment in latest 'New Thinking' video
Global Leaders Fellow Camila Duran Presents Paper at Conference on Monetary Stability in Latin America
Strengthening the global trade and investment system for sustainable development
New Thinking about the Costs and Benefits of Investor-State Arbitration
Carolyn Deere Birkbeck presents at launch of E15 work on Global Trade and Investment Architecture
GEG and Columbia launch Online Forum: New Thinking on Investment Treaties
Reshaping the Investment Regime: GEG and Chilean Government host workshop in Santiago
Is democracy threatened if companies can sue countries?
New Gates/Bloomberg Initiative to Help Countries Defend Anti-Tobacco Legislation | GEG on NPR
Debating the Future of the Investment Regime: GEG Researchers Participate in Expert Meetings at UNCTAD and OECD
Africa’s priorities in new climate governance
GEG Hosts High-Level Workshop on Investment Protection
GEG Research Associate Lauge Poulsen Reacts to House of Lords’ Report on Investment Arbitration
GEG Research Associate Awarded ASEAN-Canada Senior Fellowship
GLF Tu Anh Vu Thanh Presents Research at University of Warwick
GEG Welcomes Jeromin Zettelmeyer for Discussion of Sovereign Debt Restructuring
Ngaire Woods participates in African Progress Panel expert meeting
Special Address: Stephen Jennings, CEO Renaissance Capital
Workshop: Multilateral Liberalization Through Bilateral Treaties?
The Geopolitics of Transboundary Water Governance
GEG’s Kevin Watkins on Africa’s Education Deficit in New Brookings Report
Adapting Watercourse Agreements to Developments in International Law: The Case of the Itaipu Treaty
Dr Maria Gwynn, Senior Research Associate, GLF 2016-18
How to negotiate infrastructure deals with China: four things African governments need to get right
Dr Folashadé Soule-Kohndou
The Rise of Investor-State Arbitration
GEG WP 2018/137 Legalization, Diplomacy, and Development: Do investment treaties de-politicize investment disputes?
Working papers
Institutional Investors and Coal – Beyond Reputational Damage?
Dr Lisa Benjamin, GLF 2017-18
GEG WP 2017/132 Investment Disputes, Sovereignty Costs, and the Strategies of States
Dr Maria Gwynn, Senior Research Associate, GLF 2016-18
Working papers
The role of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in sustainable development: Assessing the first three years
GEG International Political Economy Workshop
25th ITF Public Conference: The ICSID Convention at 50
Beggars can’t be choosers? The Euro crisis and the rise of Chinese direct investment in Europe
Principled Engagement? Democratic Transitions and Investment in 'Pariah' States
Reshaping the International Investment Regime: Lessons from Latin America?