Investment Law and Policy

Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment 3rd Annual Conference

Date: September 10-11, 2020
Location: Faculty House, Columbia University, New York

Executive Training on Investment Treaties and Arbitration for Government Officials

Date: June 15-25, 2020
Location: Columbia Law School, room TBA

Webinar on Investment Treaties and Human Rights Law: Interactions and Recent Developments

Date: November 21, 2019
Location: Webinar

The US-China Trade Negotiation: A Contract Theory Perspective

Date: November 18, 2019, 12:10-1pm
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102A

Legal Frameworks & Foreign Investment: A Primer on Governments’ Obligations

Legal frameworks, and how they interact, are often invisible in the day to day. Yet they are powerful forces that influence government actions and that help to shape who benefits and who loses from foreign investment. Understanding these legal frameworks, and how they interact, is critical for anyone concerned with how foreign investment can be… read more

Reputational and Integrity Due Diligence on Investors

CCSI has long advocated in its trainings and advisory work for governments to perform due diligence on prospective investors. However, little guidance exists for governments on how to decide what level of due diligence is necessary, how to perform basic checks, and when to engage with third parties. CCSI has teamed up with Kroll to help fill this information gap with this guidance document.

ISDS Reform at UNCITRAL: Two Guiding Principles

To contribute to UNCITRAL’s work on these ISDS reform, CCSI, together with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), has submitted to the UNCITRAL process four documents outlining potential reform options and considerations.

The Sustainability of Multilateral Economic Governance

Date: September 19, 2019, 12:10-1pm
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 546

An Advisory Centre on International Investment Law: Key Features

CCSI has been engaged to conduct a scoping study on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands that aims to evaluate the challenges States face in securing legal assistance in negotiations of and dispute settlement proceedings under international investment agreements, and the desirability and feasibility of addressing such challenges in a multilateral… read more

Saving the Business and Human Rights Arbitration Rule Project: Put Human Rights Holders at the Heart

By Lisa Sachs, Lise Johnson, Kaitlin Cordes, Jesse Coleman, Brooke Guven
September 6, 2019

Two-thirds of the world’s population, 5.1 billion people, lack meaningful access to justice. In many cases, injustices are frequently caused or perpetuated by business activity. Despite international obligations for states and corporations, as applicable, to provide appropriate and effective remedies, injustice persists. The Business and Human Rights Arbitration Working Group, a group of respected practicing lawyers and academics, is advancing The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration (the “BHR Arbitration Rules”) to help address the remedy gap. This blog discusses concerns about the draft BHR Arbitration Rules that could result in them undermining, rather than advancing, access to justice of human rights claimants.