Capacity Building, Technical Advice and Training Courses

IISD's highly qualified international lawyers 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.

The international investment regime consists of a complex web of investment treaties and host government contracts. IISD enables developing countries to obtain a full understanding of the implications of legal instruments and to level the playing field in investment negotiations and disputes.

Our services offered 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 reach out to our team at [email protected].

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Map of countries where IISD provides investment 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. For more information, please view our brochure in English, French and Spanish.

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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