This focused issue, co-edited by Klaus Meyer, provides a discussion of the controversies surrounding the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system in the context of recent international trade and investment agreements, and its implications for the sovereignty of nation-states in the 21st century.

It includes “International Trade and Investment Agreements” by Klaus Meyer and Daniel Rottig, “Why Do Countries Commit to ISDS for Disputes with Foreign Investors?” by Srividya Jandhyala, “The Outsized Costs of Investor-State Dispute Settlement” by Lise Johnson and Lisa Sachs, “Is It Chilly Out There? International Investment Agreement and Government Regulatory Autonomy” by Christine Côté, and “Once BITten, Forever Shy: Explaining India’s Rethink of its Bilateral Investment Treaty Provisions” by Premila Nazareth Satyanand.