Human Rights & Development

UN Forum on Business and Human Rights: Session on Realizing Access to Remedy – Implications of the International Investment Regime

Date: November 29, 2017, 10:00am-11.30am local (Geneva) time
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Is There a Human Right to Land?

In this blog post, Kaitlin Cordes considers whether and how international human rights law recognizes a human right to land, and the ways in which land rights are inextricably linked to human rights.

The Use (and Misuse) of European Human Rights Law in Investor-State Arbitration

Date: October 10, 2017, 12:10-1pm
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102B

The Why and How of an International Covenant on the Right of Human Beings to the Environment

Date: October 5, 2017, 12:00pm-1:10pm
Location: William & June Warren Hall (1125 Amsterdam Avenue, NY, NY), Room L107

CCSI Submission to UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty Re: United States Country Visit

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, will conduct a country visit to the United States in December 2017. In response to his call for input, CCSI sent a submission focused the United States’ role in the international investment regime, and the United States’ international investment agreements (IIAs), noting… read more

World Leaders Discuss a Global Pact for the Environment

By Nathan Lobel
September 26, 2017

CCSI invited UN officials, policy makers, civil society leaders, and academics to Columbia for a one-day conference to discuss the Global Pact for the Environment. The Global Pact aims to serve as a legally binding “umbrella text” for international environmental law that would establish a universal right to a healthy environment. Panelists presented their hopes for the Pact’s potential impact, including expanding human rights protections, influencing state policy-making, and catalyzing a holistic rethinking of other international agreements (like those on trade or investment). They also weighed in on fundamental questions for drafters and negotiators to address before the Pact is ready for ratification, like whether the Pact should be fully legally binding, whether it should use a narrow or broad definition of “environment,” and whether it should be designed for use in international or domestic courts.

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Conference on the Global Pact for the Environment

Date: September 20, 2017, 8:30am – 6:00pm
Location: Faculty House, Columbia University, New York

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

What Now? Land Rights Lawyers on How to Champion Human Rights and Promote Responsible Investment in the Era of Climate Change and Trump

Date: January 30, 2017 12:10-1:10pm
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 546