The UNCITRAL Working Group III Work Plan: Locking in a Broken System?

By Lisa Sachs, Lise Johnson, Brooke Guven, Jesse Coleman, and Ladan Mehranvar
May 4, 2021

This week is one that is make or break for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group III’s efforts to reform investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). WGIII is discussing a draft work plan that identifies reform solutions the WGIII will advance, plots time allotted to each, and outlines the mode and pace of discussion. Will this plan enable the WGIII achieve its ISDS reform objectives?

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Should the European Union Fix, Leave or Kill the Energy Charter Treaty?

By Martin Dietrich Brauch
February 9, 2021

The ECT hinders EU climate and investment policy objectives. This piece explores the low likelihood of successful “modernization,” the EU’s role in convincing partners that it would be best to terminate the ECT, and steps for the EU to exit the treaty and neutralize its sunset clause.

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Secure Land Rights Are Now More Important than Ever

By Nathaniah Jacobs and Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye
January 29, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into its second year, its impacts continue to grow, exposing many of the flaws, vulnerabilities, and inequalities inherent in our governance and economic systems.

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Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Bill: A Missed Opportunity to Prepare for the Zero-Carbon Future

By Solina Kennedy, Martin Dietrich Brauch, Perrine Toledano, and Tehtena Mebratu-Tsegaye
January 14, 2021

With Nigeria’s National Assembly debating the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in the first quarter of 2021––after nearly two decades of attempted reform of the country’s petroleum sector––Nigeria has a unique opportunity to rethink the role of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria’s economy and build out the country’s energy sector and economic capacity for the long term.

As Agribusiness Sustainability Initiatives Face Flak, Here’s How They Can Do Better

By Sam Szoke-Burke
September 18, 2020

Since last year, 35,000 people in Uganda’s Kiryandongo district were forced from their lands to make way for large-scale farming, including at gunpoint and by a sugar firm with international backing. Community members continue to be intimidated and tortured during a COVID-19 lockdown. The sugar industry is clearly still a long way from achieving sustainable and human rights-compliant sugar production.

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Mateusz Ciasnocha Alumni Profile

June 15, 2020

In this profile, Mateusz Ciasnocha, Incubation Manager at AgriTech Hub VC, and a 2019 Executive Training alumnus, addresses his personal trajectory and what factors allowed him to get to where he is today, providing key advice to those interested in pursuing similar goals.

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Land and Resource Investment Consultations in the Time of COVID-19: The Hazards of Pressing On

By Sam Szoke-Burke
May 24, 2020

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Understanding and Mitigating COVID-19 Oil Price Impacts

By Tom Mitro
May 20, 2020

Political Will: What It Is, Why It Matters for Extractives and How on Earth Do You Find It?

By Heather Marquette
February 12, 2020

IIAs and Investor (Mis) Conduct

By Lise Johnson
January 14, 2020

The issue of investor responsibilities in investment law is – and should be — gaining prominence. Questions regarding whether and how investor responsibilities are, could, and should, be incorporated into or otherwise interact with international investment law and international investment agreements (IIAs) are a crucial part of the conversation regarding international investment law and policy, and reform thereof.