Types Policy and Advisory Work

Policy and Advisory Work

Drawing on its interdisciplinary research, CCSI works with governments, the private sector, civil society and communities to formulate and implement policies and practical strategies in support of a mutually beneficial sustainable investment framework.

Support in Analyzing Contracts

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

DRC: Human Rights Impact Assessments 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.

Supporting Governments in Relation to Legal Frameworks of the Extractive Industries Sector

CCSI is working with a number of governments and civil society organizations to provide advice on various issues relating to the regulatory regime for their extractive industries sector.

Liberia: Partnership with the National Investment Commission

CCSI assisted the National Investment Committee of the Government of Liberia in its review of the investment framework and investment proposals related to extractive industries and infrastructure.

Australia: Supporting the evaluation of the EITI pilot

The University of Queensland (UQ) sub-contracted with CCSI to support the evaluation of the Australian EITI pilot that UQ is undertaking. CCSI brought its international experience with EITI implementation to the evaluation team.

Advocating for Transparency

CCSI advocates for transparency in a number of fora. Given the important role that home states could play to encourage greater disclosure of information regarding land-based investment, CCSI has made multiple submissions to home state entities suggesting the introduction or expansion of disclosure requirements for companies.

Support to the UN SDSN on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

CCSI provides support to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) Thematic Group 10 on Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources. This has included technical support on reports and documents during the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as in the development of potential indicators to measure progress toward the SDGs. In addition, the Center and the Thematic Network have worked together on a number of projects to identify research gaps and generate innovative solutions.

Investment Arbitration and Human Rights

CCSI focuses on the intersection of international investment law and international human rights law, and the impacts of their application for the most vulnerable of rights-holders. Among other things, this includes a specific focus on investment arbitrations, and their implications for the realization of human rights.

Mozambique: Development of a Five-Pillar Plan for Resource-Based Development

This 2011 project examined how the vast resource deposits in the 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.

Tanzania Diagnostic Trade Integration Study

CCSI has been contracted to perform the extractive industries section of the World Bank Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) for Tanzania. The study aims to identify the internal and external trade constraints that hinder the development of the priority sectors and provide policy recommendations on how these obstacles can be overcome. The Government of Tanzania… read more

Access to Justice

Among the critical issues that arise from the interaction of human rights and investment law is whether and how the relatively greater access to justice provided to aggrieved investors by the international investment regime undermines access to justice for other individuals and communities, including those affected by large-scale land-based investment.

Bridging the Gaps between Investment Law and Environmental Policy

CCSI is reviewing international investment agreements and the case law interpreting them, and analyzing what the treaties mean for domestic environmental policy.

Making Investment Treaties Work for Sustainable Development: Addressing Challenges in Existing Agreements and Designing New Frameworks

CCSI is providing policy and advisory to governments on using investment treaties to support advancement of policy goals, and also supporting other inter- and non-governmental organizations in these areas.

Improving the International Law and Policy Regime

This project, commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, seeks to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of the current international investment law and policy regime and outline options for improvement.

Paraguay: Leveraging Paraguay’s Hydropower for Sustainable Economic Development

This advisory project to the Government of Paraguay explored the potential of a climate risk management system and sustainable agriculture activities to mitigate environmental vulnerability, and developed a high-level strategic plan to use Paraguay’s vast hydropower resources for sustainable economic development and the diversification of its economy.

Promoting Transparency in Investor-State Arbitration

Committed to the belief that transparency in investor-state arbitration is fundamental for accountability, good governance, and the rule of law, elements which are, in turn, crucial for sustainable development, CCSI has been involved in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) proceedings to increase public access to information regarding disputes.

Timor-Leste: Support to the Strategic Development Plan

CCSI supported the drafting and adoption of the 20 year strategic development plan (SDP) for Timor-Leste, which was well-received by the development partners, and helped to develop new institutions and laws to optimize the use of the country’s petroleum fund for development.

United Nations Code of Conduct on Transnational Corporations: experience and lessons learned

The first effort to arrive at comprehensive and balanced rules governing the relations of governments and multinational enterprises were undertaken in the United Nations a few decades ago. The negotiations of a United Nations Code of Conduct on Transnational Corporations began in the late 1970s against the background of the quest for a New International Economic Order,… read more