10 Jul 2017
Recurrent neural networks trained on investment treaty texts can automatically draft new clauses of lawyer-like quality. They will not replace negotiators, but may make their task of composing a compromise text easier.
18 Oct 2016
GUEST POST by Tarald Laudal Berge, PhD Candidate in Political Science, PluriCourts, Olso.
01 Sep 2016
Textual similarity analysis offers a new way to investigate who wins treaty negotiations. But not every deviation from a prior agreement or a country’s model treaty is a concession.
18 Aug 2016
While all attention is focused on mega-regional negotiations, European states are quietly beginning to redesign their national investment treaty programs. The recent Slovakia-Iran BIT gives a taste of the innovations to come.
28 Jul 2016
Who writes the rules in the BIT universe? Our recent text-as-data research suggests that investment law is marked by a North-South divide between developed country rule-makers and developing country rule-takers.
29 Jun 2016
Although devloped countries were the main architects of the BIT universe, some treaty features have a distinctly developing country handwriting as our analysis of African BIT innovators suggests.
24 Mar 2016
When official treaty negotiations end, unofficial negotiations begin. Changes made during “legal scrubbing” can turn the original deal on its head as our text-as-data analysis shows.
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Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and the World Trade Institute, Bern