7th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
The Seventh Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators was a tremendous success.
This year’s event was co-organized with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and the South Centre, it was held in Jakarta on 4-6 November 2013. It was the largest Forum IISD has organized thus far with 104 participants from 56 countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as international organizations, including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC), the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser for Pacific Forum Island Countries (OCTAPIC), the UN Economic Development and Globalization Division (ESCWA), and the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM).
The meeting was entitled “Investment Treaties and Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Reform or Reject?” This was the theme identified by last year’s participants as a pressing issue requiring an in-depth discussion of current challenges faced by countries and a sharing of experiences regarding investor–state dispute settlement.
The high number of participants was key to the success of the event. The participants discussed various alternative models and approaches proposed by different countries, including a new model treaty that was proposed by one of the large developing countries, focusing on facilitating and promoting investment into developing countries rather than protection and arbitration. Participants also discussed variations of national and regional initiatives on investment and identified concrete ways to reform and improve the framework already in place. We believe the discussions have provided a platform for creative and innovative planning for next steps.
Learn more about the Annual Forums of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
Reflecting on a Year Online: Lessons from an IISD survey of international investment negotiators
Participants in this webinar will have opportunities to discuss a forthcoming IISD report on virtual negotiations on international investment governance, while also sharing their experiences with and views on the challenges and opportunities involved.
Asia-Pacific Workshop on UNCTAD's Phase 3 of IIA Reform: Improving investment policy coherence and synergies
This joint workshop for the Asia-Pacific region takes a close look at the reform of international investment agreements (IIAs), considering at how states can address the risks that can result from investor-state dispute settlement claims involving most-favoured nation clauses and “nationality planning.”
Webinar on Valuation in Investment Arbitration: Spotlight on discounted cash flow analysis
This webinar explored the critical issue of compensation (or "damages") in international investment law, with a panel of expert speakers examining arbitral tribunals' increasing willingness to use a valuation technique known as discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis when calculating compensation.
European Regional Consultation on International Investment Agreements and Human Rights to Support the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
This regional consultation is being convened by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and hosted jointly by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the Essex Business and Human Rights Project in the University of Essex School of Law and Human Rights Center.