Extractive Industries

Executive Training on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development

Date: June 4-15, 2018
Location: Columbia University, exact location TBD

Designing a Legal Regime to Capture Capital Gains Tax on Indirect Transfers of Mineral and Petroleum Rights: A Practical Guide

When a local asset (or a right relating to such asset) is sold, a country will generally have jurisdiction to levy a capital gains tax on the sale, both under domestic law and international treaty. This is called taxation of a “direct” transfer of a local asset. However, taxation becomes increasingly complicated when a company located… read more

Operationalizing the SDGs in the Extractive Industries: Private Sector Experiences and Opportunities

Date: September 21, 2017, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Convene Conference Center, 730 Third Ave, New York

Governance of Extractive Industries: Changes, Opportunities and Challenges

Date: June 13, 2017, 12:30-1:30pm
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105

The New Frontiers of Sovereign Investment

Information about the October 25 launch of The New Frontiers of Sovereign Investment is available here. Edited by Malan Rietveld and Perrine Toledano (Columbia University Press, May 2017). Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) can be effective tools for national resources revenue management. These state-owned investments, funded by commodity exports, foreign exchange reserves, or other national assets, are adaptable to the… read more

Briefing Note: A Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments

This briefing note, co-authored with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, outlines a new approach to conducting human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) of business operations or projects, which brings together project-affected people, the company, and other stakeholders to jointly design and implement an assessment. The aim of this… read more

A Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments

This discussion paper, co-authored with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, proposes a new approach to conducting human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) of business operations or projects, which brings together project-affected people, the company, and other stakeholders to jointly design and implement an assessment. The aim of this… read more

How Oil and Gas Companies Can Help Meet the Global Goals on Energy and Climate Change

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement lay out a global consensus on the need to curb human-induced climate change and to achieve sustainable development. These concepts are linked. The urgency of addressing climate change is critical for global efforts to reduce poverty and advance sustainable development, but also climate-change mitigation must be… read more

Equity Considerations for the Poorest—The Implications of Climate Action in Low-Income Countries

Date: December 5, 2016
Location: World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

Submission to OPIC on Revisions to its Environmental and Social Policy Statement

In November 2016, CCSI sent a submission to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) regarding its draft revised Environmental and Social Policy Statement (ESPS). CCSI’s input focused on two discrete issues that CCSI has been working on: (1) contract transparency for natural resource and infrastructure projects, and (2) redress for harms in the context of… read more