Luke Eric Peterson
Human Rights and Bilateral Investment Treaties
Mapping the role of human rights law within investor-state arbitration
– By Luke Eric Peterson
Luke Eric Peterson is a free-lance writer and consultant who has published widely on the international legal regime governing foreign direct investment. He is the editor of an electronic reporting service dedicated to international investment law, Investment Arbitration Reporter (www.iareporter.com). He can be contacted at
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