Soutenance de thèse de doctorat en droit

Soutenance de thèse de doctorat en droit par Mme Sisi Sun à l’Université de Montréal. La thèse s’intitule The China-OHADA BIT, a Step in the Right Directions: A New Model of China-Africa BIT at a Regional or Sub-Regional Level.

Résumé de la thèse:

Africa enjoys not only natural resources, but also market potential. There has been a growing injection of private investment inflows from China to Africa recently. China needs to exploit Africa’s potential as an emerging market for its tremendous investments by private enterprises. Moreover, the African countries need Chinese investments in various areas to boost aspects of their economies. Private, market-oriented investment calls for an open, stable, secure and predictable investment environment. However, existing bilateral investment treaties (BIT) between China and Africa adopt the protection-oriented, post-establishment model. The treaties merely provide for some general obligation of investment protection, leaving all other matters to the policy discretion of the host state. The China-Africa BIT regime is sporadic, uninformed and incoherent. The conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA) develops the idea that China might conclude a standalone BIT with the African countries at a regional or sub-regional level to attract Chinese investment inflows into Africa through an open, coherent and uniformed scheme. Given the integration of Organisation pour l’harmonisation en Afrique du droit des affaires (OHADA) to be one single jurisdiction over trade and investment, the China-OHADA BIT is the one most likely to be expected. This standalone BIT regime inherently calls for an absolute standard for market access and investment protection, and uniformity to limit the discretion of interpretation, and as such, contribute to a more open, stable, secure and predictable investment climate.

Membres du jury

Président : Guy Lefebvre, Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal

Directeur de recherche : Hervé Prince, Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal

Membre du jury : Konstantia Koutouki, Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal

Examinatrice externe : Huan Qi, China University of Policital and Law

Représentant de la vice-doyenne de la Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales : Guy Lefebvre


Ce contenu a été mis à jour le 6 décembre 2018 à 8 h 50 min.


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