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TTIP: Arbitration moves into the limelight

Tom Moore looks at the US-EU free trade pact’s potential for arbitration

The rise of international arbitration has gone unhindered and under the radar, despite the proliferation of investor-state disputes that has seen investors sue governments for changing tax regimes, introducing austerity measures and implementing plain packaging for cigarettes. But negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a free-trade deal between the EU and US that will cover half of world trade – has changed that, throwing attention on a shift away from national courts and raising the potential for a boom in arbitration.