About The Authors
Michael D. Dunford, JD, LLM
Michael D. Dunford is a scholar and consultant based in Andover, UK, and Honolulu, Hawai‘i whose work focuses on the intersection between international dispute resolution and E-commerce law. He is a co-founder of the KaMoana Group, and currently serves as Director of Research. He recently completed an L.L.M. at Queen Mary University of London in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution and is completing a second LLM in International Intellectual Property Law while working towards his PhD.
Garrett I. Halydier, MBA, JD
Garrett I. Halydier is a scholar and entrepreneur in Hawai‘i whose work focuses on the intersection of international law and economic development. He serves concurrently as Executive Director of the KaMoana Group, promoting economic, social, and cultural cooperation between ASEAN and Hawai‘i; as CEO of the Hawai‘i Dispensary Alliance, a trade association for the medical marijuana industry in Hawai‘i; and as co-founder of Hui Makana, LLC a technology and business incubator in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
Ryan S. Little, JD
Ryan Summers Little is a scholar, consultant, and entrepreneur based in Atlanta, GA and Honolulu, HI. His current work focuses on the reimagining of urban and suburban development to empower disenfranchised stakeholders within the American real estate regime. He is a co-founder of The KaMoana Group, and currently serves as the Director of Institutional Advancement. Prior to joining KaMoana, Ryan served as a founding member of McIver Technologies, a Honolulu-based start-up focused on inventing and monetizing patentable technologies.
A. Makana Paris, MA, JD
A. Makana Paris is a scholar and entrepreneur in Hawai‘i whose work focuses on sustainable economic development at the intersection of international, federal, state, local, and indigenous laws. He serves concurrently as a founding member of the KaMoana Group, promoting economic, social, and cultural cooperation between ASEAN and Hawai‘i; as Co-founder and Vice-President of Hawai‘i Maile, a Hawai‘i startup that focuses on the Native Hawaiian cultural asset cultivation using the best of horticultural science and traditional Native Hawaiian permaculture; as Head Research Analyst of the Hawai‘i Iron Worker Stabilization Fund promoting best practices between labor, management, and developers in Hawai‘i’s construction industry; and as co-founder of Hui Makana, LLC a technology and business incubator in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
“It is an excellent book proposal which meets the highest academic standard. Ranges of questions addressed are all true cutting-edge issues in ASEAN legal and policy studies. I believe it is a solid academic work focusing on one of the most dynamic economic region in the world which gives the book a true international dimension.”
Brill Book Proposal Reviewer
About the Handbook
On December 31, 2015, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam) commenced operation as a regional economic trade union. This integration will also present new challenges for ASEAN’s diverse cultures, peoples, and nations as they work to reconcile their diverse legal, economic, and security frameworks. Key to the ASEAN member states’ attractiveness for FDI is the growth over the last twenty-five years of an interlocking and investor-friendly web of bilateral investment treaties (BITs).
These treaties often give foreign investors direct legal recourse against the host state of the investment for any violation of some nebulous and undefined “investor protections”. However, neither the contracting parties to the treaties, including their various branches, agencies, states, and municipalities, nor the foreign investors are aware of either the extent of the investor protections or of the kinds of actions which might potentially violate the treaty. This means various state organs remain unsure of how to act in respect to foreign investments in areas as diverse as taxation, environmental protection, zoning, labor regulations, immigration policy, and intellectual property protection.
The Bilateral Investment Treaty Handbook: The ASEAN States will address this information gap. It is the first book of its kind, and it will provide a comprehensive overview of all of the bilateral investment treaties that include one or more of the ten ASEAN states as a contracting party. The heart of this book consists of approximately 300 individual entries, each of which provides a concise, plain-language synopsis of the protections afforded to investors under a particular investment treaty. Each entry examines 54 individual areas of substantive treaty protection, including:
Definitions of key terms used in the treaty;
Specific protections promised to investors;
Whether the treaty provides most-favored nation treatment and/or national treatment to covered investments; and
The mechanisms available under the treaty for the resolution of investor-state disputes.
The Handbook will be published by Brill and available in 2018.