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A Guide to State Succession in International Investment Law

Patrick Dumberry

A Guide to State Succession in International Investment Law provides a comprehensive analysis of State succession issues arising in the context of international investment law. The author examines whether a successor State is bound by the investment treaties and State contracts which the predecessor State had signed with other States and foreign investors before the date of succession. Actors who are called upon to apply rules of State succession in investment arbitration cases will find this book a valuable source of practical guidance with strong theoretical foundations.
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Patrick Dumberry


Chapter 4 examines the situations where there is a tacit agreement between the States concerned for the continuation of a specific BIT. It examines this question in the context of statements made by States and consent which can be inferred from the conduct of the parties. With respect to the former, this Chapter examines the nature and effect of devolution agreements. It also explores the required form of a unilateral declaration, the effect on the new State making the declaration, the response given by the ‘other State party’ following a unilateral declaration and, finally, the relevant criteria to determine whether consent can be inferred from the silence and passivity of the ‘other State party’.

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