Presented by: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)
CCSI and IIED hosted a webinar on February 6, 2018, to discuss how civil society groups can bring forward community perspectives, human rights, and environmental issues in investor-state arbitration. This online seminar was designed for civil society organizations in low- and middle-income countries that want to support communities whose livelihoods are affected by natural resource projects.
Lorenzo Cotula, Principal Researcher, IIED
Carlos Lopez, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
Lise Johnson, CCSI
Derechos Humanos y Medio Ambiente Puno (DHUMA) [TBC]
IIED associate Thierry Berger will moderate a facilitated discussion with webinar participants.
Questions for discussion:
Why make amicus curiae submissions in investor-state proceedings?
How was the submission by Carlos Lopez and DHUMA in Bear Creek v. Peru developed, who participated and in what ways?
What were the challenges and how were they addressed? What difference did the submission make, if any?
What insights can the experience provide for civil society working to scrutinize investment treaties and arbitration – which approaches can maximize the effectiveness of these submissions, and what alternative or complementary pathways should be explored?
What learnings, if any, can be applied to ongoing discussions on reforming investor-state dispute settlement?