Investment Law and Policy

Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials

Date: July 31-August 10, 2017
Location: Columbia University

Asia FDI Forum III: China-European Union Investment Relationships: Towards a New Leadership in Global Investment Governance?

Date: May 11-12, 2017 Location: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Graduate Law Centre Two global economic powers: the European Union (EU) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) started negotiating in 2014 what could be the largest Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) ever concluded. A BIT between the PRC and the EU will cover the investment activity… read more

Submission Regarding Amendments to the ICSID Arbitration Rules

In March 2017, CCSI submitted comments to the ICSID Secretariat regarding proposed revisions to ICSID’s arbitration rules. CCSI’s submission provided illustrative suggestions for amendments regarding the following issues: recognizing and safeguarding of the rights and interests of non-parties; improving transparency of the dispute resolution process; promoting transparency of ownership over investments; preventing actual and apparent… read more

The Settlement of Investment Disputes: A Discussion of Democratic Accountability and the Public Interest

In this briefing note, CCSI considers the threats to principles of good governance, including government accountability, respect for the rule of law, transparency, and respect for citizens’ rights and interests under domestic law and international human rights norms, that are posed by the settlement of treaty-based investor-state disputes. The authors also consider the exacerbated threats… read more

The New Frontiers of Sovereign Investment

Edited by Malan Rietveld and Perrine Toledano (Columbia University Press, forthcoming, 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 challenges posed by financial shocks and have been successfully employed in an… read more

Public Consultation on a Multilateral Reform of Investment Dispute Settlement

In March 2017 CCSI made a submission to the European Commission (EC) in response to its “Public consultation on a multilateral reform of investment dispute settlement.” CCSI’s submission consisted of a response to the form questionnaire created by the EC and a supplementary “Position Paper” to explain in greater depth CCSI’s views on the EC’s proposed… read more

Infrastructure Investment as a Policy Tool to Reduce Inequality

Date: March 7, 2017, 1:00-2:00pm Location: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Room 405 IAB Among the biggest challenges facing US policy makers are rising inequality and the urgent need to maintain and upgrade dilapidated infrastructure on a national scale. While governments often increase public spending on infrastructure to stimulate growth during economic… read more

Columbia Arbitration Day 2017

Date: March 3, 2017, 8:30am – 7:00pm Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall CCSI co-sponsored with the Columbia International Arbitration Association (CIAA) the eighth annual Columbia Arbitration Day (CAD). CAD is one of the leading international arbitration conferences in New York, bringing together scholars, practitioners, and students from across the world for an annual discussion… read more

Developments in International Investment Agreements

Date: February 27, 2017, 9:30am – 1:00pm, Lunch to follow Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Case Lounge, 7th floor Governments around the world are facing complex and pressing issues related to attracting and governing sustainable foreign direct investment, including, in particular, with respect to the use and scope of international investment agreements (IIAs)…. read more

Trade, Investment, and Climate Change Under the Trump Administration: What Lies Ahead?

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107 View video of the event here. Donald Trump came to office promising sweeping changes to the US’s traditional trade and investment policies. Such shifts on trade and investment could offer an opportunity to align these policies with action on climate… read more