Golden Gate University Law Review


After a brief description of the relationship between foreign investment and the environment in Part II, the Article will describe the protection against expropriation provided by international agreements, briefly discussing bilateral investment agreements and then detailing the protection provided by NAFTA and the MAI in Part III. Part IV will then describe the challenges to environmental laws that have been brought under NAFTA's investment chapter. Next, Part V will examine the treatment of indirect expropriation under U.S. and international law. Part VI will demonstrate that, under NAFTA and international expropriation and environmental law, environmental measures should not normally give rise to a right to compensation. Finally, the Article will conclude with some proposals for ensuring that NAFTA, and other investment agreements, do not interfere with the ability of governments to take action to protect the environment.

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