Case | HBS Case Collection | April 1996 (Revised November 1997)

Background and Agreements on Foreign Direct Investment

by Louis T. Wells Jr. and Courtenay Sprague


A brief history of foreign direct investment (FDI) is explored, emphasizing conflicts, developments in the legal framework governing FDI, and international agreements and nonbinding principles formulated to resolve disputes brought in by FDI. Propositions provide a context from which core issues may be discussed by the students.

Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment; Agreements and Arrangements; Conflict Management;


Wells, Louis T., Jr., and Courtenay Sprague. "Background and Agreements on Foreign Direct Investment." Harvard Business School Case 796-148, April 1996. (Revised November 1997.)