Investment Protection and the Energy Charter Treaty, edited by Graham Coop and Clarisse Ribeiro, General Counsel and Legal Counsel, respectively, of the Energy Charter Secretariat, is authored by the most prominent and leading experts on the Energy Charter Treaty. The book, issuing from the Conference on 'Investment Protection and the Energy Charter Treaty' organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the International Centre for the Settlement of International Disputes in May 2007, provides in-depth analysis of the most pressing issues arising under the ECT.
Investment Protection and the Energy Charter Treaty contains in-depth substantive analysis of the interpretation and application of provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty including access to dispute resolution mechanisms under ECT Article 26 and the standards of treatment for investors under the Treaty, including the guarantee of most favoured nation treatment, protection against unfair and inequitable treatment, unreasonable and discriminatory measures, direct and indirect expropriation, breaches of investment agreements, damages due to war and similar events, and unjustified restrictions on the transfer of funds, as well as protection against certain types of tax measures.
The book examines issues such as the arbitrability of "pre-investment" disputes under the Treaty and whether public tender offers can qualify as "existing investment" rather than "pre-investment" activity and the applicability of the ECT between members of the European Communities.
Investment Protection and the Energy Charter Treaty also looks at the role of the ECT in the context of the European Union and Russia (examining the legal dimension of the oil and gas relationship between the EU and Russia) and provides a comparison of the Energy Charter Treaty and other investment treaties (distinguishing the ECT approach to investment protection in the context of disputes submitted to arbitration under its dispute resolution provisions).