Keywords: bilateral investment agreement, ILO model, foreign investment policy, fair and equitable treatment, expropriation, non-discrimination, investor-state arbitration This chapter traces the history of international investment agreements. Current history includes three different eras. The first, the colonial period, began in the late eighteenth century and lasted until the end of World War II. The second, the postcolonial era, began with the end of the war and lasted until about 1990, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. The third, the global era, began around 1990 and continues to this day. Keywords: foreign investment, trade agreements, investment agreements, colonial period, postcolonial era, global era The following year, Professor Vandevelde published his first book, United States Investment Treaties: Policy and Practice. Since then, he has written three other books on international business law: Bilateral Investment Treaties: History, Politics and Interpretation, the U.S. International Investment Agreements, and the First Bilateral Investment Treaties: U.S. Postwar Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation Treaties, all published by Oxford University Press. He has lectured on international investment law in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and the Caribbean and has served as international law advisor for Japan, Lithuania, Slovakia, the Republic of Georgia, the United Nations and the U.S. Senate. He also wrote on the subject of legal argumentation.
His book Thinking Like a Lawyer was published in 1996 and then translated into Portuguese. A second edition of the book was published in 2011. In 2013, he wrote A History of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. The book covers the period from 1977, when the Carter administration authorized the establishment of an American bit program, to 2007. == International investment agreements are the relevant interpretative guide to the United States` bilateral investment agreements (IVAs) and free trade agreements (FTAs) with investment chapters. Kenneth J. gives an important overview of the evolution of the ILO programme, treatment rules, expropriation and other provisions. . . .