FEATURED TRAINING: EXECUTIVE TRAINING ON INVESTMENT ARBITRATION FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, JULY 13-17, 2015 

Investment Arbitration Training BrochureTreaty-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.

For more information about the program, please download the 2015 Executive Training Brochure here and application here. The application deadline to be considered for admission is April 15, 2015. 

 

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FEATURED PROJECT: THE NEGOTIATION SUPPORT PORTAL

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:

  • roadmap that visually lays out the investment process, with a brief description of what should happen at each stage of the investment, featured tools and resources, and links to providers that provide support to host governments at each stage;
  • searchable database of major support providers that provide technical assistance on a not-for-profit basis to host governments in the investment process. The database includes detailed information about each provider including the types of support provided, the sector and stage at which the support is provided, the general response time for a request for assistance, and the fee arrangements for the types of support on offer.  A hard copy of a matrix of major negotiation support providers (updated June 2014) is also available;
  • A repository of tools & resources to better inform and guide governments at each stage of the investment; and
  • A list of short term trainings and professional development courses aimed at government officials and policy makers in relation to one or more stages of the investment process in the extractive industries, land & agriculture, or infrastructure sectors.

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.