Policy and Advisory

Memos to the SEC on the Proposed Rule on Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers

by |October 30th, 2015

CCSI strongly supports the transparency of contracts and tax flows. CCSI shares the belief of many stakeholders that transparency is essential to leverage extractive industries for sustainable development and is in the mutual interest of all stakeholders. However, some industry players continue to voice the concern that increased transparency would be harmful for their business…. read more

Why good governance of land and tenure security need to be part of the Sustainable Development Goal framework

by |January 31st, 2014

The CCSI and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Thematic Group on Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources published a short briefing note on including land governance in the Sustainable Development Goal framework. The note argues that incorporating good governance of land and tenure security would help meet a number of proposed sustainable development… read more

Memo to the Obama Administration on the Burma Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements

by |September 5th, 2013

In September 2013, CCSI sent a memo to President Obama and his Administration in response to the first public reports submitted by U.S. companies in compliance with the Burma Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements. The memo applauded the U.S. Government’s efforts to encourage responsible investment in Burma, noting that robust due diligence is essential to ensuring… read more

New UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules on Transparency: Application, Content and Next Steps

This paper discusses the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-Based Investor-State Arbitration, which were adopted in August of 2013 and went into effect on April 1, 2014. It draws on negotiating history to elaborate on the content of and purpose of each of the Rules’ provisions, and identifies options for and barriers to applying these Rules… read more

Submissions to UNCITRAL Working Group II on Arbitration and Conciliation

by |February 5th, 2013

Most investment treaties grant investors the procedural right to bring claims against governments through investor-state arbitration. Under the arbitration rules that commonly govern the proceedings, including the arbitration rules developed by a United Nations body, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), these disputes can remain hidden from public view from their commencement… read more

Roundtable and Public Forum on the Economic and Political Impact of China’s Overseas Direct Investment

by |June 11th, 2012

Date: June 11, 2012 9:00am – 8:30pm
Location: Faculty House, Columbia University, New York

Zambezi Valley Development Study

by |June 26th, 2011

In June 2011, CCSI released a consultative draft report on Resource-Based Sustainable Development in the Lower Zambezi Basin, the result of a year-long inquiry into how the vast resource deposits in Tete province, combined with other major investments along the Nacala and Beira corridors, can be the basis for sustainable, equitable and inclusive growth in the Lower Zambezi Basin…. read more

Indonesia: Economic Prospects and Investment Climate with Hon. Agus D.W. Martowardojo, Minister of Finance, Republic of Indonesia

by |April 18th, 2011

Date: April 18, 2011 11:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106

Innovate in Canada: Bolstering Profitability in Greentech with Cross-Border Opportunities

by |March 3rd, 2010

Date: March 3, 2010
Location: New York, New York

Memo to the Obama Administration on “Improving the International Investment Regime”

by |January 29th, 2009

In January 2009, CCSI sent a Memo to President Obama’s Administration on “Improving the international investment regime.” The Memo encourages the new Administration to take a look at the current international investment regime and consider several actions that the United States might take to strengthen that regime. A number of these ideas are already on… read more