Teaching Material on Economic and Legal Aspects of Foreign Direct Investment
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MODULE 1 - ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT
This module begins by explaining and defining various concepts related to foreign investment (theme 1); it proceeds to present long-term trends in, and current patterns of international production and FDI (theme 2); it then examines the determinants of FDI, focusing in particular on locational determinants or host-country factors influencing the location of FDI (theme 3); and finally analyzes the economic impact of FDI, focusing on developing host countries and key aspects of their development process (theme 4). The main source of information and analysis used in considering all these issues is UNCTAD’s annual publication, the World Investment Report (WIR).
MODULE 2 - POLICY ASPECTS OF FDI IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
This module begins by considering the key aspects of FDI policy at the national level (theme 1). It then discusses the main features of the international investment framework including the evolution of and recent trends in IIAs, and the key issues for consideration regarding the relationship between national and international policies with respect to FDI (theme 2).
MODULE 3 - KEY ISSUES AND FEATURES IN INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT AGREEMENTS
This module covers the following: scope and definition of investment; admission and establishment; standards of treatment; protection; settlement of disputes; governmental measures; other provisions (transparency, taxation, key personnel); and implementation issues.
MODULE 4 - INTERACTION BETWEEN IIAs AND OTHER AREAS
This module covers issues that may affect foreign investment, but that are not traditionally included in IIAs. These issues are usually regulated by international agreements or national laws, and include: services, state contracts, intellectual property rights, competition, technology transfer, corporate governance, employment and environment.
Vi Member Localizations:
University of Mauritius - additions to Modules 1, 2 and 4 (2008)
Belarus State Economic University - additional module (2008)
University of Jordan - Arabic (2008)
Foreign Trade University (FTU), Vietnam - Vietnamese (2008)
Universidad del Rosario, Colombia (2008)
Additions to Modules 1-4 Spanish translation
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (2013)