Fair and Equitable Treatment and the Fabric of General Principles

  • Fulvio Maria Palombino

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  4. Fulvio Maria Palombino
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  8. Fulvio Maria Palombino
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 167-189

About this book


This book moves from the circumstance whereby currently the obligation to provide

fair and equitable treatment (FET) to foreign investments is included in the majority of

international investment agreements and has proved to be the most invoked standard in

investor-State arbitration. Hence, it is no overstatement to describe this standard as the

basic norm of international investment law. Yet both its meaning and normative basis

continue to be shrouded in ambiguity and, as a consequence, to inspire a considerable

number of interpretations by legal writers. The book’s precise aim is to unravel such

ambiguity, arguing from the idea that FET has become part of the fabric of general international

law, but has done so by means of a source somewhat neglected in legal doctrine.

This being the category of general principles peculiar to a certain field of international

law, i.e. those principles having their own foundations in the international legal order

itself, but which, through the mediation of the judge, end up being shaped according

to the features typical of a specific normative field. The book, as well as having a solid

theoretical backdrop as its basis, offers a careful and critical analysis of pertinent case

law, and will prove useful to both scholars and practitioners.

Fulvio Maria Palombino is Professor of International Law at the Law Department of the

University of Naples Federico II and a member of the Executive Board of the European

Society of International Law.


Foreign Investments Investor-State Arbitration Standard of Treatment Fair and Equitable Treatment Due Process Legitimate Expectations Proportionality Rule of Law General Principles of Law Case Law

Authors and affiliations

  • Fulvio Maria Palombino
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of LawUniversity of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser Press and the author 2018
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-94-6265-209-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6265-210-1
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