Areas Human Rights & Development

Human Rights & Development


Directory of Community Guidance on Agreements Relating to Agriculture or Forestry Investments

While there are a number of existing resources that can assist communities and their advocates in their interactions with investors over land—from negotiating better agreements with investors, to monitoring whether investors fulfill the terms of their agreements—these resources are not always easy to find. CCSI has created a detailed Google document that lists relevant guides and other documents, provides links to the original documents, and includes brief descriptions of their content.

Participation in Investor-State Disputes

With the support of the Environmental Law Clinic at Columbia Law School and the Law School Clinic at Sciences Po, CCSI submitted an application to file a written submission as an “other person” in Bear Creek Mining Corporation v. Republic of Peru. CCSI’s submission focused on a range of issues, including: The implications of international… read more

Workshop on International Investment and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

In May 2016, CCSI and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples co-hosted a workshop on indigenous peoples and investment. The workshop brought together indigenous representatives, legal practitioners, academics, and other stakeholders to discuss how international investment and trade frameworks, and the international human rights law regime can be reformed to strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples.

Negotiation Support to Resource Rich, Low-and Middle Income Countries

CCSI has launched a series of meetings of negotiation support providers to create a forum to discuss common challenges and opportunities and to facilitate greater coordination among support providers. The overall objective of these meetings is to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of technical assistance and trainings for host governments at all stages of preparing for, negotiating and implementing large-scale deals.

Community Development Requirements: Domestic Laws, Best Practices, and Community Development Agreements Database

The project is collecting and reviewing community development requirements for mining companies and aims to create a matrix that encompasses these requirements as well as a database of agreements.

Developing a Collaborative Approach to Human Rights Impact Assessments

CCSI, the Sciences Po Law School Clinic, and the Danish Institute for Human Rights have developed a collaborative approach to human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) of private sector investment projects. HRIAs have become increasingly prominent in recent years, particularly as companies focus on conducting human rights due diligence and communities seek to better understand the… read more

Making Resource Contracts Publicly Accessible

CCSI, together with the World Bank and the Natural Resource Governance Institute, has developed ResourceContracts.org, an online, searchable and user-friendly database of publicly available resource contracts from around the world. In October 2015, the database was expanded to include publicly available land contracts, which are accessible through OpenLandContracts.org.

Support for Host Country Governments in the Planning, Preparation for, Negotiation, Implementation, and Monitoring of Large-Scale Investments

CCSI created a Negotiation Support Portal designed to improve the accessibility of technical assistance and of useful tools and resources to assist host governments planning, preparing for, negotiating, monitoring, and implementing large-scale investments in the extractive industries, land and agriculture, and infrastructure sectors, and to facilitate coordination among support providers and host governments.

DRC: Human Rights Impact Assessments and Economic Models for Mining Projects

CCSI supported local organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to carry out human rights impact assessments, as well as developing two economic models for the Sicomines mine in the DRC to compare the financial flows under the resource for infrastructure deal with a ‘traditional’ contract under the mining code of the DRC.

Investment Arbitration and Human Rights

Human rights law can affect governments’ obligations regarding treatment of foreign investors and investments, while investment arbitrations can have important implications for human rights. Nevertheless, there remains significant uncertainty regarding whether and how to integrate human rights considerations into arbitral proceedings. In December 2014, CCSI offered a CLE workshop on investment arbitration and human rights,… read more

Tool to Assess the Human Rights and Environmental Implications of Land Contracts

Based on our pro bono support in analyzing land contracts for their human rights and environmental implications, CCSI is developing a tool to assist stakeholders in conducting their own assessments. This tool will explain the main human rights or environmental issues that may be implicated by the underlying deals, note whether the issues are likely… read more

Colloquiums on Policy, Law, Contracts and Sustainable Investments

CCSI has partnered with the Institute for Human Rights and Business to co-convene two colloquiums on Policy, Law, Contracts, and Sustainable Investments. Both events, which were held in New York and in London, focused on mapping out efforts to embed sustainability and human rights in extractives and large-scale agricultural/land deals, with a particular focus on what is… read more

Ad-hoc events

CCSI regularly hosts speakers, roundtables, workshops, and events on a variety of related topics.

Support in Analyzing Agricultural Contracts

CCSI assists stakeholders, researchers and advocacy organizations by analyzing agricultural contracts for human rights, fiscal, sustainable development, and environmental implications.