Intl. investment agreements & policy

The global framework of international investment agreements and national investment policies can limit the protection of human rights.  International organizations such as UNCTAD and the South Centre, NGOs, and academics have made proposals to ensure that these agreements and policies do not limit human rights protections, and can even provide greater protection of the rights of those affected by foreign investment.  Some countries have developed policies in this direction and adopted some of these recommendations, in some cases renegotiating their international investment agreements.  

To address these issues, this section of our site includes materials on the human rights impacts of:

  • International investment agreements and policy – both bilateral and multilateral, and including investor protection provisions in trade agreements
  • National policies on foreign investment, including export processing and special economic zones
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7 October 2019

CIDSE's proposal to reinforce revised draft on proposed binding treaty on business & human rights

Author: CIDSE & 16 other NGOs

"Contribution to the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights," Oct 2019 This is a decisive moment for the process towards shaping a UN treaty that can bring...

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4 October 2019
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Author: CIDSE y 16 otras ONG

"Contribución al Grupo de Trabajo Intergubernamental de composición abierta sobre empresas transnacionales y otras empresas con respecto a los derechos humanos", 3 de octubre de 2019...

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4 October 2019
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Author: CIDSE et 16 autres organisations

« Contribution au groupe de travail intergouvernemental à composition non limitée sur les sociétés transnationales et autres entreprises en matière de droits de l'homme », 3 octobre 2019...

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13 September 2019

Commentary: Any Chance For Human Rights? Human Rights in International Investment Arbitration

Author: Isabel Humburg, University of Amsterdam

The 2016 ICSID Tribunal’s decision in Urbaser S.A. and Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia, Bilbao Biskaia Ur Partzuergoa v The Argentine Republic (hereafter: Urbaser) was hailed by many human rights lawyers and activists as a landmark decision in the...

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26 August 2019
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Author: Semana (Colombia)

“Colombia deberá pagar USD $19 millones a Glencore” -27 de agosto de 2019...

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23 August 2019

Papua New Guinea will renegotiate Papua LNG agreement with Total SA in a move to reap more benefits from its resources

Author: Sonali Paul, Reuters

"Papua New Guinea sends team to Singapore to renegotiate Total LNG deal", 15 August 2019...

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22 August 2019
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Author: Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad

“¿Qué podemos hacer para prevenir los impactos sociales y ambientales por proyectos de inversión China?” – 16 de agosto de 2019...

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7 August 2019
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31 July 2019
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Author: Dinero (Colombia)

“Nueva demanda de Glencore contra Colombia”- 12 de julio de 2019...

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25 July 2019
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Author: Marina Fabre, Novethic (France) (copyright: www.novethic.fr)

« Les députés ratifient le CETA, accord commercial jugé anti-climat, quelques heures après la venue de Greta Thunberg », 23 juillet 2019...

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