|U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT)
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Department of State, working with other
U.S. government agencies, completed an update of the U.S. model bilateral
investment treaty (BIT) in November 2004. The resulting text, the 2004 U.S.
Model BIT, is available at the link below.
The new model contains provisions developed by the Administration to address
the investment negotiating objectives of the Bipartisan Trade Promotion
Authority Act of 2002, which incorporated many of the principles from existing
U.S. BITs. The model is substantively similar to the investment chapters of the
free trade agreements the United States has concluded since the 2002
Act. USTR and the State Department
consulted their respective advisory committees and relevant congressional
committees in the development of the new model. The United States last updated its model BIT in
Responsibility for BIT policy and negotiations is shared by USTR and the State Department. Points of contact are, at USTR, the Office of Services, Investment, and
Intellectual Property (202-395-9451), and in the Department, the Office
of Investment Affairs, in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs