The purpose of this glossary is to provide brief explanatory
commentaries on the main terms and concepts used in international
investment agreements (IIAs). These terms and concepts have mainly a
legal connotation and have been selected because they provide a broad
coverage of the principal issues that are dealt with in IIAs. The
commentaries are based to a large extent on the papers that have been
published in the UNCTAD Series on Issues in International Investment
Agreements and reference to such papers is made whenever appropriate.
Each entry provides a short definition of the term, followed by
examples of relevant provisions in IIAs. To allow for additional
information on specific topics, each entry has been complemented by
references to related publications for further reading. A list explaining
frequently used abbreviations precedes the text, whereas a listing of
IIAs can be found at the end of the paper. An index at the end of the
paper is meant to facilitate the use of this glossary.