“Human Rights and Investment Law: What Does Meaningful Progress Look Like?”
The negative impacts of international investment treaties and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) on the human rights of those affected by investment are well-documented, as are the constraints placed by investment treaties on the duty of states to regulate. Civil society organizations, human rights defenders, researchers, and Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council (among others) have advanced pathways for addressing these impacts along with visions for rights-based economic governance frameworks.
What does real progress at this intersection of human rights and investment look like? What are our end goals? Which major shifts in law, policy, and outcomes on the ground should our collective attention be focused on? CCSI will be joined by distinguished panelists to discuss the evolving human rights and investment law landscape and whether we are making sufficient (and sufficiently fast) progress in redesigning investment frameworks that advance, rather than undermine, human rights and responsible investment.
Jane Seruwagi Nalunga, Executive Director, SEATINI-Uganda
Kabir Duggal, Senior International Arbitration Advisor, Arnold & Porter; Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School
Surya Deva, Chair, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights; Professor, Macquarie Law School, University of Macquarie, Sydney
Tara Van Ho, Senior Lecturer, School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
Moderator: Jesse Coleman, Senior Legal Researcher, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)
View the videos of our November 8 and November 16 speaker series panels here.