Accord concernant la promotion et la protection réciproque des investissements entre la Suisse et la Géorgie

Georgia - Switzerland BIT (2014)

Bilateral Investment Treaties

In force

03/06/2014

17/04/2015

en

Mapped

Relationships with other agreements

Type Agreement
Coexists with EFTA - Georgia FTA (2016)
Coexists with The Energy Charter Treaty (1994)

Mapped treaty elements


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Reference to right to regulate (e.g. regulatory autonomy, policy space, flexibility to introduce new regulations)
No
Reference to sustainable development
Yes
Reference to social investment aspects (e.g. human rights, labour, health, CSR, poverty reduction)
Yes
Reference to environmental aspects (e.g. plant or animal life, biodiversity, climate change)
Yes
Definition of investment
Type of definition
Asset-based definition
Limitations to the definition of investment
Excludes portfolio investment
No
Excludes other specific assets (e.g. sovereign debt, ordinary commercial transactions, etc.)
No
Lists required characteristics of investment
Yes
Contains "in accordance with host State laws" requirement
Yes
Sets out closed (exhaustive) list of covered assets
No
Definition of investor
Definition included
Yes
Specifying natural persons covered
Includes permanent residents
No
Excludes dual nationals
No
Specifying legal entities covered
Includes requirement of substantial business activity
Yes
Defines ownership and control of legal entities
No
Denial of benefits (DoB)
DoB clause included
Yes
Content of the DoB clause
"Substantive business operations" criterion
Yes
Applies to investors from States with no diplomatic relations or under economic/trade restrictions
No
Discretionary ("Party may deny") or mandatory ("benefits shall be denied")
Unilaterally discretionary
Substantive scope of the treaty
Limiting substantive scope of the treaty
Excludes taxation
No
Excludes subsidies, grants
No
Excludes government procurement
No
Excludes other subject matter
No
Temporal scope of the treaty
Investments covered
Applies to both pre-existing and post-BIT investments
Disputes covered
Carves out pre-existing disputes
National treatment (NT)
Type of NT clause
Post-establishment
Reference to "like circumstances" (or similar)
No
Most-favoured-nation (MFN) treatment
Type of MFN clause
Post-establishment
Exceptions from MFN obligation
Economic integration agreements
Yes
Taxation treaties
Yes
Procedural issues (ISDS)
Yes
Fair and equitable treatment (FET)
Type of FET clause
FET unqualified
FET qualified
By reference to international law
None
By listing FET elements (exhaustive or indicative list)
No
FET modifiers
None
Full protection and security
Standard
Prohibition on unreasonable, arbitrary or discriminatory measures
Yes
Expropriation
Scope of measures covered
Indirect expropriation mentioned
Refining expropriation clause
Indirect expropriation defined
No
Carve-out for general regulatory measures
No
Carve-out for compulsory licenses in conformity with WTO
No
Protection from strife
Specifications
Relative right to compensation (comparator)
None
Absolute right to compensation in certain circumstances
Yes
Transfer of funds
Includes transfer of funds
Yes
Exceptions to the transfer of funds obligation
Balance-of-payments exception
Yes
Other specific exceptions (e.g. to protect creditors, etc.)
Yes
Prohibition of performance requirements (PRs)
Includes prohibition of PRs
No explicit PR clause
Type of PR clause
Not applicable
Umbrella clause
Yes
Entry and sojourn of personnel (subject to local laws)
No
Senior management (nationality)
No
Transparency
Directed at States (obligation to publish laws and regulations)
Yes
Directed at investors
No
Health and environment (any mentioning in the text, except preamble)
Yes
Labour standards (any mentioning in the text, except preamble)
Yes
Right to regulate (any mentioning in the text of this or similar concepts, except preamble)
Yes
Corporate social responsibility (any mentioning in the text, except preamble)
Yes
Corruption (any mentioning in the text, except preamble)
No
Not lowering of standards (typically environment and/or labour standards)
Yes
Subrogation clause
Yes
Non-derogation clause (in case of IIA’s conflict with other norms, more favourable rules apply to investors)
Yes
Investment promotion
Reference to specific promotion activities in text of agreement (not preamble)
Yes
Essential security exception
Exception included
No
Exception defined (exceptional circumstances described in more detail)
Not applicable
Exception self-judging
Not applicable
General public policy exceptions
Public health and environment
Yes
Other public policy exceptions (e.g. cultural heritage, public order, etc.)
No
Prudential carve-out (concerns financial measures)
No
Scheduling and reservations (in treaty texts and annexes)
None
ISDS included
Yes
Alternatives to arbitration
None
Scope and consent
Scope of claims: general approach (chapeau paragraph of ISDS clause)
Covers treaty claims only
Limitations to the scope of ISDS
Limitation of provisions subject to ISDS
No
Exclusion of policy areas from ISDS
No
Special mechanism for taxation or prudential measures
No
Type of consent to arbitration
Provides express or implied consent
Forums
ISDS forum options
Domestic courts of the host State
Yes
ICSID
Yes
UNCITRAL
Yes
Other forums
No
Relationship between forums
No reference
Other specific ISDS features
Limitation period for submission of claims
Yes
Provisional measures
No
Consolidation of claims
No
Limited remedies (specifying available types of remedies)
No
Treaty interpretation
Affirms binding interpretation by contracting parties or their joint committee
Yes
Requires certain questions to be submitted to contracting parties (renvoi)
No
Regulates submissions by non-disputing State party
No
Transparency in arbitral proceedings
Requires documents to be made publicly available
Yes
Requires hearings to be open to the public
Yes
Regulates amicus curiae submissions by third (non-disputing) parties
Yes
Mechanism for consultations between State parties
No
Institutional framework (committee)
No
Technical cooperation/capacity building
No
Treaty duration
Years of initial treaty term
10 years
Automatic renewal
2 years
Amendment and termination
Unilateral termination
Includes modalities for unilateral termination
Yes
Length of notice period
Six months prior notice
Includes modalities for amendment or renegotiation
Yes
"Survival"/"sunset" clause length
10 years

10-2016

University of Ottawa (Canada); NALSAR University of Law (India)

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