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The Possible Future of Promoting and Protecting European Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa

Lars Schönwald



Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) represents an interesting target market for European investors. However, the level of investment protection in SSA is rather outdated. Considering that Article 207 (1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union confers upon the European Union (EU) the exclusive competence to negotiate and conclude new investment treaties, the scope of this article is to determine what a possible future treaty aiming at protecting foreign investments concluded between the EU and SSA could look like. Following a brief introduction (A.) and after determining the potential parties of a new investment treaty between the EU and SSA (B.), it will be examined whether the current standard clauses can be introduced into the new treaty as well (C.), and to what extent new concepts can, should or even have to be included in a respective new agreement (D.).



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