U.S. International Investment Agreements is part of a trilogy of books on international investment agreements. The first bilateral investment contracts: U.S. Postwar Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation Treaty, published by Oxford University Press in 2017, traces the history of the post-war American Friendship, Trade and Navigation (FCN) program, including the process of revamping a series of contracts initiated in 1776 for the development of trade and maritime relations in the late 1940s as an investment contract program. It also describes the origins and importance of the investment provisions contained in these contracts, which are the precursors to the provisions contained in the Bilateral Investment Agreements (ILOs) and free trade agreements (FTAs) that provide for investment provisions. Chapters 1 (“Introduction”) and five (“FCN contracts become investment contracts”) in this book were published separately. Bilateral Investment Treaties: Historic, policy, and interpretation, published by Oxford University Press in 2010, contains a general theory of international investment law, arguing that investment contracts are based on six fundamental principles (non-discrimination, security, relevance, appropriate procedure, transparency and access), analyses the key provisions of the ILO, explains the structure and policy of each provision, pursues its origins and development, and synthesizes the interpretation of arbitration awards. It covers the period from 1959, when Germany concluded its first bilateral investment agreement with Pakistan until 2009, which is a summary of the first 50 years of ILO programmes around the world. Chapters Seven (“non-discrimination”) and nine (“access”) of this book were published separately. U.S. International Investment Agreements is the final interpretive guide for U.S. Bilateral Investment Agreements (ILOs) and Free Trade Agreements (FTA) containing investment chapters.
Kenneth J. Vandevelde provides an overview of the evolution of the ILO program, treatment rules, expropriation and other provisions and draws on his years of expertise in investment contracts and contracts as a former practitioner and scholar. This unique and well-organized book analyzes the evolution of the language and strategy of the U.S. International Investment Agreement in its historical context. The latest amendments to the text of the model negotiation (US ILO model 2004) and other contracts will also be presented. Keywords: FCN contracts, bilateral investment contracts, ILO, international investment agreements, International Trade Organization, ITO The following year Professor Vandevelde published his first book, The States Investment Treaty: Policy and Practice. Since then, he has written three other books on international business law: BilateralInvestment Treaties: History, Policy and Interpretation, U.S. International Investment Agreements and The First Bilateral Investment Treaty: U.S. Postwar Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treatys, all published by Oxford University Press.
He has given a presentation on international investment law in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and the Caribbean and has served as an advisor for international law in Japan, Lithuania, Slovakia, Georgia, the United Nations and the United States.