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International Legal Research: Bilateral Investment Treaties

This Guide covers essential print and electronic resources for researching international and foreign law.

BITs

Per the earlier legal framework of international trade discussion, BITs have proliferated in recent years. There are a number of resources for locating BITs as described further below:

USTR: The United States Trade Representative (USTR) website provides access to BITs and free trade agreements to which the U.S. is a party.

ICSID: In addition to providing access to Arbitral Awards, the ICSID website is also a repository of BITs, which can be found under its Resources tab.

UNCTAD: The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) website provides access to an up to date chart of BITs and TIPs (treaties with investment provisions) under Themes > Investment > International Investment Agreements.