African perspectives in international investment law

Edited by Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu and Makane Moïse Mbengue

African perspectives in international investment law


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5127-8
  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: December 2020
  • BIC Category: Law / International law, Law, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / African, LAW / Government / State, Provincial & Municipal, LAW / International, Investment Treaties & Disputes, Africa
  • Series: Melland Schill Perspectives on International Law


This volume explores trends in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the African continent, the benefits and challenges that FDI presents for African states, and Africa's participation in the international investment law regime more generally. The volume, with contributions from prominent academics, jurists, and international arbitration and litigation experts, offers insights and critical comments on challenges in Africa's foreign investment climate and international investment law. This timely volume succinctly analyses key conceptual issues of international investment law as well as practical issues relating to investment disputes.


Part I
Introduction - Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu and Makane Mbengue

Part II: Sustainable development and the changing fundamentals of international investment law in Africa
1 The development of international investment law in Africa - Maurice Kamto
2 Global reform vs regional emancipation: The principles on international investment for sustainable development in Africa -Jean d'Aspremont and Alicia Köppen
3 Foreign investment treaties and the sovereignty of developing host states: Ants riding elephants? - Justice Osei-Afriyie
4 Les contrats miniers déséquilibrés à l'épreuve des Principes d'Unidroit relatifs aux contrats du commerce international - Mahamat Atteib
5 The politics of international technology transfer: The imperative of host state measures - Collins C. Ajibo
6 Accountability of multinational corporations for human rights violations in investment regimes in Africa - Alain-Guy Sipowo

Part III: Experiences of selected African countries with international investment law
7 The constitutional limitations on enforcement of arbitral awards in Ghana - Dominic Npoanlari Dagbanja
8 Rethinking the promotion and protection of foreign investments: The 2015 South Africa's Protection Investment Act - Tarcisio Gazzini
9 Electoral democracy, foreign capital flows and the human rights infrastructure in Nigeria - Victor Adetula and Olugbemi Jaiyebo

Part IV: African perspectives on contemporary challenges of investment disputes settlement
10 Quo vadis international investment law in Africa? - Francis N. Botchway and Mohamed Salem Abou El Farag
11 Les avantages pour l'Afrique de l'arbitrage transnational, moyen prioritaire de reglement des differends relatifs aux investissements directs etrangers - Albert Richard Makon Ma Mbeb
12 The investment court system proposed by the European Union: What does it mean for Africa? - Stefanie Schacherer
Conclusion - Laurence Boisson de Chazournes



Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu is Professor of International Economic Law and Head of Law School at the University of Manchester.

Makane Moïse Mbengue is Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva and Director of the Department of Public International Law and International Organization. He is also Affiliate Professor at Sciences Po Paris.

African perspectives in international investment law

Edited by Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu, Makane Moïse Mbengue

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