1st Edition

International Energy Investment Law Balancing Host State and Foreign Investor Interests

By Hamid R. Younesi Copyright 2025
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book analyses relational contract theory within the context of international energy investment agreements.

    Putting forth an exhaustive assessment of the field, the book provides a pragmatic resolution to the challenges inherent in the relationship between host states and foreign investors. Addressing critical queries confronting legal practitioners, arbitrators, judges, and scholars grappling with contractual imbalances, including the looming threat of expropriation, the book offers comprehensive insights. Balancing the interests of both host states and investors,  the volume discusses global case studies which have proven to be efficacious, and proposes a solution grounded in existing legal doctrines and practices.

    The book will be of interest to researchers in the field of energy law, international investment law and contract theory and law.

    1. Introduction

    2. Balancing Equilibrium and Adaptability: An Analysis of Obsolescence and Relationality in International Energy Investment Contracts

    3. Expropriation in the Energy Industry

    4. Indirect Expropriation in International Energy Investment Agreements  

    5. Assessing the Role of Contractual Certainty in International Energy Investment Agreements

    6. Evaluating the Role of Contractual Flexibility in International Energy Investment Contracts

    7. An Adaptive Framework for Enhancing International Energy Investment Agreements: Balancing Stakeholders’ Interests



    Hamid Younesi (LL.B, LL.M, PhD, FHEA) is an Assistant Professor of Law at York Law School, University of York, UK. He is the Director of the LLM in Law Programme and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE). Dr Younesi has published many scholarly articles in the areas of International Investment Law, Energy Law, the Law of Obligations, and International Dispute Settlement.