Advisory Services, Technical Support, and Workshops

IISD's international lawyers and policy experts provide training courses, workshops, and a range of advisory services for developing economy officials—covering investment treaties, laws and contracts, negotiations, and dispute prevention and management.

IISD's pro bono advisory services, technical support, and in-person workshops help developing countries to navigate the wide range of legal and policy instruments governing international investment—enabling them to level the playing field in negotiations and disputes and making sure foreign direct investment truly supports sustainable development.

Our services on international investment law and policy include 

  • investment negotiation support and advice, including commentary on negotiating texts
  • development of national and regional investment treaties or contract models
  • development of national strategies and institutional frameworks for investment treaty negotiations and reforms
  • investment treaty and contract implementation and design
  • investment dispute prevention and management at the pre-litigation phase
  • interactive workshops and practical training courses for negotiators and policy-makers on sustainable investment law and policy frameworks. 

To learn more about IISD advisory services, please view our brochure in English and French, and please don't hesitate to reach out to our team at

Our Beneficiaries to Date


World map showing where IISD's Investment team is providing advisory services


A number of diverse countries have retained the advisory services of IISD’s legal team, including: 

Angola Côte d'Ivoire Mali Sao Tomé and Principe
Argentina Congo DRC Marshall Islands Senegal
Bangladesh Ecuador Mauritania Seychelles
Benin Egypt Mongolia Sierra Leone
Bolivia Ethiopia Morocco South Africa
Bosnia and Herzegovina Gabon Mozambique Sri Lanka
Botswana Ghana Myanmar Tanzania
Burkina Faso Honduras Namibia Thailand
Burundi Hungary Niger Togo
Cambodia India Nigeria Tunisia
Cameroon Indonesia Pakistan Uganda
Cape Verde Kenya Paraguay Vietnam
China Lao PDR Peru Zambia
Colombia Madagascar Philippines  
Costa Rica Malawi Rwanda  


Regional Country Groupings, Institutions, and Processes

We have also provided advisory services to various regional country groupings, institutions, and processes, including:

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) process The Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC/ECCAS) Various African parliamentary groups The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR)
The African Union (AU) The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) The Southern African Development Community (SADC)  
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) The West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA)  
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)  


List as of December 31, 2022.

Our core expert team is a diverse, cross-disciplinary team of lawyers, economists, and sectoral policy experts in agriculture, mining, and infrastructure. They are based in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, and are also multilingual, providing support in Chinese, English, French, German, and Spanish, among other languages.


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