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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4 April 2018
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"Empresas y derechos humanos - Temas actuales", 2018...

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27 March 2018
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Author: Les Amis de la Terre

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23 March 2018

Cambodia: Letter of concern by brands to Prime Minister regarding freedom of association & human rights defenders

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On behalf of international garment, footwear, and travel goods brands and retailers, we write to urge your government to immediately implement its October 16, 2017 commitments... Further, we write to express our growing concern over recent...

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20 March 2018

European Court of Justice ruling finds the ISDS system incompatible with EU law

Author: Niall Sargent, The Green News

"ECJ ruling may spell the end for 200 investment deals between EU Members", March 7th 2018...

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13 March 2018
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Author: Ámbito.com

“ONG's exigen mayor transparencia fiscal a los países del G20” – 12 de marzo de 2018...

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10 March 2018
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Author: L'Opinion

Une décision de la Cour de Justice de l’Union Européenne a remis en cause la compatibilité entre les tribunaux arbitraux privés et le droit de l’Union. S’il fait jurisprudence, cet arrêt pourrait remettre en cause une partie du traité de libre-échange...

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5 February 2018
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Author: Alexandra Endres, ZEIT Online

"Big Oil vor Gericht", 29 Jan 2018...

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6 December 2017

Interview with environmental lawyer Zhang Jingjing on the need for legal requirements for Chinese overseas investments

Author: Zhang Chun, chinadialogue

'China needs urgent oversight of investments', 1 December 2017...

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4 December 2017

EU's proposed Multilateral Investment Court will further expand corporate privileges at the expense of human rights, says NGO report

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1 December 2017

A World Court for Corporations: How the EU Plans to Entrench and Institutionalize Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Author: CIEL, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, & Seattle to Brussels Network

...The European Commission...[has proposed]..a multilateral mechanism for investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)--referred to by the Commission as a Multilateral Investment Court...The proposed global investor court threatens to lock in the highly...

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