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Treaty-based investor-state arbitrations have been on the rise, affecting a growing number of countries each year. Due to several features of investment arbitration, it can be exceedingly difficult for states to understand the strengths and weaknesses of claims or defenses, develop and implement their own litigation strategies, or internalize lessons from past decisions in order to avoid future disputes. Moreover, even when states win cases, defending the disputes can be costly, drawing officials’ attention away from important matters, generating millions of dollars in litigation expenses, and causing governments reputational harm.
This course addresses those challenges. Through an intensive week-long course, government officials involved in managing investment treaty disputes or negotiating investment treaties will increase their knowledge of crucial procedural and substantive aspects of investment law. Sessions will be taught by leading academics and practitioners and will be tailored to uniquely address issues relevant to governments.
The Negotiation Support Portal is an online web portal that aims to improve the accessibility and visibility of useful tools, resources, and technical support available to assist host governments planning, preparing for, negotiating, monitoring, and implementing large-scale investment projects in the extractive industries, land & agriculture, and infrastructure sectors.
The Portal includes:
The Negotiation Support Portal was developed by CCSI in consultation with a wide range of experts from government, the World Bank, civil society, and academia. Funding for the project was provided by the Australian Government and the United States Department of State. In June 2014, the Negotiation Support Portal was officially endorsed by the G7 CONNEX initiative.