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2 The Past, Present and Future of the International Law on Foreign Investment

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It is an interesting exercise to trace the past and the present of the International Law on Foreign Investment in order to place the future in its proper context so that future developments take place on the basis of past successes and failures in the law. The origin of the law on foreign investment lies very much in the history of efforts made by the United States to protect its foreign investments in Latin America. In the rest of the world, foreign investment was made in the colonial context. The United States stood guard over its foreign investors who ventured into Latin America, which it considered the region of its hegemony. Asia and Africa as well as the Middle East were subject to imperial control. The genesis of the international law on foreign investment must be sought in the economic relationship between the United States and Latin America.

Keywords: Africa; Asia; foreign investment; international law; Latin America; United States



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