FEATURED EVENT: 9TH ANNUAL COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT CONFERENCE, NOVEMBER 12-13

On November 12-13, 2014, CCSI will host the ninth annual Columbia International Investment Conference at Columbia University in New York. This year’s conference, entitled “Raising the Bar: Home Country Efforts to Regulate Foreign Investment for Sustainable Development,”
looks at home country measures that have been taken—unilaterally or multilaterally—to attempt to monitor or regulate foreign investment, what lessons can be learned from both successful and failed attempts, and what further efforts may be useful or necessary to regulate investment for sustainable development.  Registration is free but required.

DSC_1082Confirmed panelists include Lisa Kubiske, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance & Development, U.S. Department of State; Patrick Alley, Co-Founder and Director, Global Witness; Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University; government officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ecuador; and industry and international representatives from Vale, Rio Tinto, the World Trade Organization, OPIC, OECD, Human Rights Watch, and others. CCSI welcomes partners and sponsors to support the conference; please contact us for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

FEATURED PROJECT: LAUNCH OF UPDATED NEGOTIATION SUPPORT PORTAL

CCSI recently launched an updated Negotiation Support Portal to assist host governments in their planning, preparing for, negotiating, monitoring, and implementing of complex investment projects in the extractive industries, land and agriculture and infrastructure sectors. The Portal aims to improve the accessibility and visibility of useful tools, resources and technical support available to assist host governments. It has been updated based on feedback received since its initial launch in June 2014.

Negotiation Support PortalWhile the primary audience for the Negotiation Support Portal is government officials, policy makers and their advisors, the Portal may also be useful for communities and other stakeholders who want to learn more about the investment process, and how to monitor the implementation of investment projects. The development of the Portal has been supported by the Australian Government and the U.S. State Department, and it has been endorsed by the G-7 as part of the G7 CONNEX Initiative to strengthen assistance for complex contract negotiations.

For any assistance in locating a tool, resource or identifying support providers, or suggestions on improving the functionality, layout and content of the Portal, please contact us at ccsi@law.columbia.edu.