Arbitrations involving bilateral investment treaty (BIT) claims are a growing trend in investor-state disputes. The reason: Political and civil unrest, coupled with economic crises in developing states, have left foreign investors seeking retribution from their host countries. In the February/April 2004 Dispute Resolution Journal article, "Navigating Through Investor-State Arbitration," Squire Sanders International Dispute Resolution lawyers George M. von Mehren, Claudia T. Salomon and Aspasia A. Paroutsas discuss the main issues arising in disputes between host states and foreign investors. The article examines the types of claims that can be filed, who can bring claims and the issues concerning the applicable law. The article also discusses jurisdictional challenges to BIT claims.