International Investment Agreements Navigator
Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs)
Total in force: 2334
Treaties with Investment Provisions (TIPs)
Total in force: 315
UNCTAD's Work Programme on International Investment Agreements (IIAs) actively assists policymakers, government officials and other IIA stakeholders to reform IIAs with a view to making them more conducive to sustainable development and inclusive growth.
International investment rulemaking is taking place at the bilateral, regional, interregional and multilateral levels. It requires policymakers, negotiators, civil society and other stakeholders to be well informed about foreign direct investment, international investment agreements (IIAs) and their impact on sustainable development.
Main goals of UNCTAD’s Work Programme on IIAs
• Reform the international investment agreements (IIAs) regime to enhance its sustainable development dimension,
• Provide comprehensive analysis on key issues arising from the complexity of the international investment regime,
• Develop a wide range of tools to support the formulation of more balanced international investment policies.
The three pillars of activities
• Research and policy analysis: monitoring trends, identifying key emerging issues and providing cutting-edge knowledge on IIAs from a sustainable development perspective,
• Technical assistance: delivering trainings, seminars and workshops; conducting IIA and model BIT reviews; offering ad-hoc advice to strengthen the capacity of beneficiaries in handling the complexities of the IIA regime,
• Intergovernmental consensus-building: exchanging and sharing best practices and experience with the view to fostering global investment governance.
For further information, please contact us via the online contact form.
This database of IIAs – the IIA Navigator – is maintained by UNCTAD’s IIA Section. You can browse through IIAs concluded by a particular country or country grouping, view recently concluded IIAs, or use the Advanced Treaty Search for sophisticated searches tailored to your needs.
Please cite as: UNCTAD, International Investment Agreements Navigator, available at https://investmentpolicy.unctad.org/international-investment-agreements/
IIA Mapping Project
The IIA Mapping Project is a collaborative initiative between UNCTAD and universities worldwide to map the content of IIAs. The resulting database serves as a tool to understand trends in IIA drafting, assess the prevalence of different policy approaches and identify treaty examples.
The “Mapping of IIA Content” allows browsing through the project results to date (the page is regularly updated as the new results come in).
Please cite as: UNCTAD, Mapping of IIA Content, available at https://investmentpolicy.unctad.org/international-investment-agreements/iia-mapping
For more information:
Mapping Project page
Project Description & Methodology document
International investment agreements (IIAs) are divided into two types:
(1) bilateral investment treaties and (2) treaties with investment provisions.
A bilateral investment treaty (BIT) is an agreement between two countries regarding promotion and protection of investments made by investors from respective countries in each other’s territory. The great majority of IIAs are BITs.
The category of treaties with investment provisions (TIPs) brings together various types of investment treaties that are not BITs. Three main types of TIPs can be distinguished:
1. broad economic treaties that include obligations commonly found in BITs (e.g. a free trade agreement with an investment chapter);
2. treaties with limited investment-related provisions (e.g. only those concerning establishment of investments or free transfer of investment-related funds); and
3. treaties that only contain “framework” clauses such as the ones on cooperation in the area of investment and/or for a mandate for future negotiations on investment issues.
In addition to IIAs, there also exists an open-ended category of investment-related instruments (IRIs). It encompasses various binding and not-binding instruments and includes, for example, model agreements and draft instruments, multilateral conventions on dispute settlement and arbitration rules, documents adopted by international organisations, and others.
IIA Mapping Project
- The mapping structure, displayed in the “Select mapped treaty elements” tab, is a “table of contents” that includes all of the mapped treaty elements. It corresponds to the typical structure of an IIA.
- The mapped treaty elements are elements of an investment treaty mapped in the course of the IIA Mapping Project. The number of mapped treaty elements exceeds 100. Each mapped treaty element has a set of pre-defined mapping options to choose from.
- The mapping options indicate the approach taken in the treaty to the relevant mapped treaty element. Mapping options can be of the “Yes/No” type or they can indicate the treaty approach more specifically (e.g. the type of fair and equitable treatment clause (FET) – qualified / unqualified / none etc.). Each mapped treaty element includes the “Inconclusive” and “Not applicable” options.
“Select mapped treaty elements” tab:
- By default, the tab shows the highest-level headings within the mapping structure. Click on the relevant heading to expand individual sections, or click on the “Expand/Collapse All” button to see all mapped treaty elements.
- To generate a list of treaties that satisfy a certain option under a mapped treaty element, find the element in the mapping structure and select the desired option (e.g. Preamble / Reference to sustainable development / Yes).
- Once a selection is made, the list of treaties is updated automatically, so that only treaties that correspond to the selected option are listed (the resulting number of treaties appears in the orange bar above the listed treaties, which also displays the total number of mapped treaties, e.g. “43 out of 1437 mapped treaties”).
- If more than one option is selected under the same mapped treaty element, the system displays treaties that correspond to at least one of the options selected (i.e. results are combined). For example, a selection of “Type of FET clause”: “FET unqualified” and “FET qualified” will generate a list of mapped treaties that contain either type of clause.
- If more than one option is selected under different mapped treaty elements, the system displays only those treaties that correspond to all of the parameters/options selected. For example, a selection of “Type of FET clause”: “FET qualified” and “Type of MFN clause”: “Post-establishment” will generate a list of mapped treaties that fulfil both criteria at the same time.
“Filter by country, type, status, year” tab:
- To apply an additional filter or filters, click on the “Filter by country, type, status, year” tab, expand the relevant filter(s) and make a selection.
- Once a selection is made, the list of treaties is updated automatically, so that only treaties that correspond to the selected option are listed (the resulting number of treaties appears in the orange bar above the listed treaties, which also displays the total number of mapped treaties, e.g. “905 out of 1437 mapped treaties”).
- The additional filters under “Filter by country, type, status, year” can be used on their own or in combination with the “Select mapped treaty elements” tab (e.g. to generate a list of BITs in force concluded between 2005 and 2015 whose preambles contain a reference to sustainable development).
- If more than one option is selected under the same additional filter, the system displays treaties that correspond to at least one of the options selected (i.e. results are combined). For example, selecting “Argentina” and “Austria” in the “Country” filter will generate a list of mapped treaties signed either by Argentina or by Austria.
- If more than one option is selected under different additional filters, the system displays only those treaties that correspond to all of the filters/options selected. For example, selecting “BITs” in the “Type of agreement” filter and “In force” in the “Status” filter will generate a list of mapped treaties that fulfil both criteria at the same time.
Individual treaty mapping and text:
- To view the full mapping of any individual treaty listed, click on any individual treaty name in the “short title” column (opens in a new tab) and scroll down to the “Mapped treaty elements” (click “Expand / collapse all” to see all elements.
- The text of any treaty listed can be accessed through the link or links in the “Text” column (opens in a new tab).
- For additional information on any individual treaty, click on the treaty’s “Short title”.
“Expand/Collapse All” and “Clear selection” buttons:
- The respective buttons apply only to the tab that is currently active, i.e. the “Select mapped treaty elements” tab or the “Filter by country, type, status, year” tab. To apply a button in both tabs, click the button in the current tab, then switch to the other tabs and click the button again.
The IIA Navigator is continuously adjusted as a result of verification with, and comments from, UN Member States. It is primarily built on information provided by governments on a voluntary basis. A treaty is included in a country's IIA count once it is formally concluded; treaties whose negotiations have been concluded, but which have not been signed, are not counted. A treaty is excluded from the IIA count once its termination becomes effective, regardless of whether it continues to have legal effect for certain investments during its “survival” (“sunset”) period. In cases of treaty replacements, only one of the treaties between the same parties is counted. Depending on the situation, the counted treaty can be the “old” one, if this one remains in force pending the ratification of the newly concluded IIA.
While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of its content, UNCTAD assumes no responsibility for eventual errors or omissions in these data. The information and texts included in the database serve a purely informative purpose and have no official or legal status. In the event of doubt regarding the content of the database, it is suggested that you contact the relevant government department of the State(s) concerned. Users are kindly asked to report agreements, errors or omissions by using the online contact form.
The IIA Mapping Project is a collaborative initiative between UNCTAD and universities worldwide to map the content of IIAs. Individual treaties are mapped by law students from participating universities, under the supervision of their professors and with the overall guidance and coordination of UNCTAD.
The mapping results included in the IIA Mapping Project database serve a purely informative purpose. The mapping of treaty provisions is not exhaustive, has no official or legal status, does not affect the rights and obligations of the contracting parties and is not intended to provide any authoritative or official legal interpretation.
While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, UNCTAD assumes no responsibility for eventual errors or omissions in the mapping data. In the event of doubt regarding the correctness of mapping results, users are kindly asked to contact us via the online contact form.
Advanced Search Tips
“Party Input” boxes
- To search for treaties to which two specific countries are parties, drag and drop them into Party Input boxes 1 and 2.
- To search for treaties between countries that belong to a region, country grouping, or category, drag and drop the relevant items into Party Input boxes 1 and 2. (For example, place “Developed economies” in box 1 and “Eastern Africa” in box 2 to search for all IIAs between developed economies and countries in Eastern Africa).
- If both boxes are left empty, a global search will be performed. Dragging “World” into Party Input 1 box will produce the same result.
- Click on a “minus” to the right of an item to remove it from a box.
“Intra” and “Extra” functions
- To search for treaties between countries within a region, country grouping, or category, drag and drop the relevant region, country grouping, or category into Party Input box 1 and tick “Intra”. (For example, place “Asia” in Party Input box 1 and tick “Intra” to search for all IIAs between Asian countries.)
- To search for treaties between countries belonging to a region, country grouping, or category with the rest of the world (i.e. with countries that do not belong to the relevant region, country grouping, or category), drag and drop the relevant item into Party Input box 1 and tick “Extra”. (For example, place “Asia” in Party Input box 1 and tick “Extra” to search for all IIAs between Asian countries and countries outside Asia.)
- When using the “Intra” or “Extra” functions, the Party Input box 2 should be left empty.
- By default, a country grouping (e.g. ASEAN or the EU) is viewed as a single entity. When a country grouping is selected, the system will search for treaties concluded by the relevant grouping or by all of its members.
- A country grouping can also be used to easily select a specific set of individual countries (similar to the search by region). To enable this mode, click on the icon to the left of the grouping’s name. Instead of the name of the country grouping, it will now list all individual members of the grouping and the search will display the treaties concluded by any of the listed countries.
- Each filter below the Party Input boxes has a default setting. Modify the default settings to establish search parameters tailored to your needs.
- Text searches apply to the subset of the database, identified by using the Party Input boxes and/or additional filters. If the Party Input boxes are left empty, a global search will be performed.
Tips for using multiple words in text searches:
ALL OF THESE WORDS: investment trade
The system will search for all treaties where all of these words are present (in this case, both “investment” and “trade”).
THIS EXACT PHRASE - use quotation marks: "investment trade"
The system will search for all treaties where this exact sequence of words is present (in this case, the phrase “investment trade”).
ANY OF THESE WORDS - use “or”: investment or trade
The system will search for all treaties where any of the words is present (in this case, either “investment” or “trade”).
EXCLUDE WORDS - use the minus (-) and quotation marks: investment -"trade"
The system will search for all treaties where the term excluded is not present (in this case, “investment” is present but the word “trade” is not present).
- ALL OF THESE WORDS: investment trade