Search Explanation/Guide

The Electronic Database of Investment Treaties (EDIT), is a new systematic and comprehensive database on international investment agreements (IIAs), including available texts in one single language (English) and format (XML), which allows to search information out of them with more detail, as well as do annotations on their text, including metadata, as well as automated and manual labelling by categories.

Filter by Text

Full-text search: EDIT use a full-text search on the name, preamble and body sections of the database documents.

Exact Phrase: EDIT search for a exact sequence of words, not only for the documents which e.g. contain each of your search words in a different sentence. Assuming you are trying to find documents about 'transition words'. Instead of typing [transition words] into the search box, you will likely be better off searching for the exact phrase. To do so, enclose the search phrase within double quotes: "transition words".

Not case sensitive: EDIT search engines are not case sensitive when it comes to keywords.

Filter by Parties

Use the drop-down menu to select Parties that have concluded an investment treaty. The filter will indicate all treaties concluded by any of the Parties you select and not exclusively between these Parties.

Examples:

OR operator: Filter OR of "Spain" and "France": all treaties with Spain or Frances or any country group which include Spain or France. Can include other parties or groups that not contains Spain or France, but at least the results contains one of countries.

AND operator: Filter AND of "Spain" and "France": all treaties with Spain and France, or a group that include Spain and France. They not include any treaty that not contains Spain or France, or a group that include Spain and France.

Within operator: Filter Within of "Spain" and "France": all treaties with Spain and France, or a group that include Spain and France. Not include any treaties that contains a country or group different to Spain or France.

Filter by Regions

Use the drop-down menu to select the Regions from where the Parties that have concluded an investment treaty come from (Africa, Asia, etc..). The filter will indicate all treaties concluded by any of the Parties included in the Region you select and not exclusively between these Parties.

AND operator: If you want to filter only the investment treaties concluded among the Parties included in the Region you have selected, mark the filter “AND operator”.

Filter by Country Groupings

Use the drop-down menu to select the Country Groupings from where the Parties that have concluded an investment treaty are members of (Andean Community, African Union, etc.). The filter will indicate all treaties concluded by any of the Parties included in the Country Grouping you select and not exclusively between these Parties.

AND operator: If you want to filter only the investment treaties concluded among the Parties included in the Country Grouping you have selected, mark the filter “AND operator”.

Filter by Country Categories

Use the drop-down menu to select the Country Categories from where the Parties that have concluded an investment treaty belong to (Developed Economies, Developing Economies, etc.). The filter will indicate all treaties concluded by any of the Parties included in the Country Category you select and not exclusively between these Parties.

AND operator: If you want to filter only the investment treaties concluded among the Parties included in the Country Category you have selected, mark the filter “AND operator”.

Filter by EDIT categorization

Treaties have been categorized through an iterative process of manual labelling and automated annotation.

The current categorization is work-in-progress and may contain errors. Please notify us of mistakes or missing categories.

Filter by Availability of Text

Availability of text: Select the filter “Availability of text” to search exclusively for investment treaties where the text is available at EDIT.

Unavailability of text: Select the filter “Unavailability of text” to search exclusively for investment treaties where the text is not available at EDIT.

Filter by Signed Date

Use the calendars to filter investment treaties by their date of signature, indicating a complete period of search (from – to) in format DD.MM.YYYY.

Filter by Date Into Force

Use the calendars to filter investment treaties by their date of entry into force, indicating a complete period of search (from – to) in format DD.MM.YYYY.

Filter by Date of Termination

Use the calendar to filter investment treaties by their date of termination, indicating a complete period of search (from – to) in format DD.MM.YYYY.