Human Rights & Development

Although development and human rights approaches sometimes differ, CCSI believes that both frameworks help ensure that investments lead to long-term benefits that are widely shared. CCSI thus works at the intersection of human rights and sustainable development, seeking to develop practical approaches for optimizing international investment that advances development as well as rights, and that minimizes the potential harms that can sometimes accompany large-scale investment projects.

+ Coordinating Multi-Stakeholder and Expert Dialogue

  • Negotiation Support to Resource Rich, Low-and Middle Income Countries
    CCSI has launched a series of meetings of negotiation support providers to create a forum to discuss common challenges and opportunities and to facilitate greater coordination among support providers. The overall objective of these meetings is to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of technical assistance and trainings for host governments at all stages of preparing for, negotiating and implementing large-scale deals.
  • Workshop on International Investment and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
    In May 2016, CCSI and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples co-hosted a workshop on indigenous peoples and investment. The workshop brought together indigenous representatives, legal practitioners, academics, and other stakeholders to discuss how international investment and trade frameworks, and the international human rights law regime can be reformed to strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples.
  • Colloquiums on Policy, Law, Contracts and Sustainable Investments
    CCSI has partnered with the Institute for Human Rights and Business to co-convene two colloquiums on Policy, Law, Contracts, and Sustainable Investments. Both events, which were held in New York and in London, focused on mapping out efforts to embed sustainability and human rights in extractives and large-scale agricultural/land deals, with a particular focus on what is... read more
  • Ad-hoc events
    CCSI regularly hosts speakers, roundtables, workshops, and events on a variety of related topics.

+ Policy and Advisory

  • DRC: Human Rights Impact Assessments For Mining Projects
    CCSI supported local organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to carry out human rights impact assessments, as well as developing two economic models for the Sicomines mine in the DRC to compare the financial flows under the resource for infrastructure deal with a ‘traditional’ contract under the mining code of the DRC.
  • Support in Analyzing Agricultural Contracts
    CCSI assists stakeholders, researchers and advocacy organizations by analyzing agricultural contracts for human rights, fiscal, sustainable development, and environmental implications.

+ Research

+ Resources and Tools

+ Teaching and Curriculum Development

  • Investment Arbitration and Human Rights
    Human rights law can affect governments’ obligations regarding treatment of foreign investors and investments, while investment arbitrations can have important implications for human rights. Nevertheless, there remains significant uncertainty regarding whether and how to integrate human rights considerations into arbitral proceedings. In December 2014, CCSI offered a CLE workshop on investment arbitration and human rights,... read more