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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.
CCSI is delighted to announce the launch of two new webpages highlighting the Center’s crucial “cross-cutting” work on Human Rights and Development and the nexus of Land and Extractive Industries. Both of these cross-cutting themes draw from our expertise in related areas and build off our on-going activities and projects. More information can be found by clicking on the links below.
Natural resource investments, including investments in land, such as for agriculture or forestry projects, and investments in the extractive industries for oil, gas and mining projects can raise similar opportunities and challenges. While such investments have the potential to help advance the sustainable development goals of host governments, they also can lead to corruption, environmental degradation, and human rights abuses.
CCSI focuses on how governments, investors, and other stakeholders can leverage international investment to advance sustainable development. As highlighted in CCSI’s Five-Pillar Framework, a key component of sustainable international investment includes promoting and respecting human rights that might be affected by investments.