Outcome report of roundtable addressing impacts of intl. investment regime on access to justice for project-affected rights holders

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2 September 2018

Outcome Report of Roundtable on International Investment Regime and Access to Justice

Author: Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

On October 18, 2017, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights  and the CCSI co-hosted a one-day roundtable on the impacts of the international investment regime on access to justice for investment-affected individuals and communities...

[T]he roundtable brought together 32 individuals from civil society organizations, communities affected by investments at the heart of investor-state claims, governments, academia, donor organizations, UN mandate holders, and other stakeholder groups. The roundtable provided an opportunity for participants to: (i) explore and assess the specific impacts of international investment agreements and investor-state dispute settlement on access to justice, both within and outside the investment regime; (ii) discuss and analyze options for reform of the international investment regime and improvement of human rights enforcement mechanisms to determine whether they address the specific impacts explored; and (iii) identify a preliminary set of recommendations to address implications of the current investment regime for access to justice. Following the roundtable, key takeaways from the discussion were discussed during a session at the 6th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights on November 29th, 2017...

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1 September 2018

Impacts of the International Investment Regime on Access to Justice Roundtable - Outcome Document

Author: Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment & Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

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1 September 2018

THE INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT REGIME AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE: Roundtable Outcome Brief

Author: Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment & Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

In October 2017, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (Working Group) and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) co-hosted a roundtable in New York regarding the international investment regime’s impacts on access to justice for investment-affected individuals and communities. Participants assessed the impacts of international investment agreements (IIAs) and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) on access to justice, and explored reform options related to international investment law and the human rights system. This brief summarizes key points discussed at the roundtable...

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