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IISD publishes objective, independent, high-quality research including books, reports, working papers and other materials covering all sustainable development themes. 

The IISD Library includes reports, issue briefs, books, working papers and other materials capturing much of IISD's institutional and research history.

IISD's publications are available to download as PDF files at no charge. Hard copies of many of these are also available for sale. See our Permissions & Licensing Policy. We are occasionally able to reprint bulk orders of out-of-print publications (a minimum of 50 copies). For further information on such special orders, please contact the Publications Coordinator. If you have any trouble finding specific titles in the database or have any questions about our publications, please contact us.

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  • Book
    International Investment Law and Sustainable Development: Key cases from the 2010s

    International Investment Law and Sustainable Development: Key cases from the 2010s

    This e-book features 10 summaries and analyses of decisions rendered between 2011 and 2018 by arbitral tribunals in treaty-based investor–state arbitration cases having sustainable development implications. Read More
  • Best Practices
    IISD Best Practices Series: Security for Costs

    IISD Best Practices Series: Security for Costs

    This IISD Best Practices paper explores challenges for states in obtaining orders for security of costs and provides model treaty language designed to help overcome those challenges. Read More
  • Blog
    Nordhaus Nobel Recognizes What We've Long Known: Carbon pricing works

    Nordhaus Nobel Recognizes What We've Long Known: Carbon pricing works

    In 1984, Nordhaus concluded climate change is real, its impacts are global and comparable to economic depression, and it's likely to occur in sudden jolts. Read More
  • Report
    Local Content Policies in the Mining Sector: Stimulating direct local employment

    Local Content Policies in the Mining Sector: Stimulating direct local employment

    The paper, focused on stimulating direct local employment, is part of a set of expert documents to substantiate the IGF Guidance for Governments on local content policies, released in July 2018. Read More
  • Report
    Designing Local Content Policies in Mineral-Rich Countries

    Designing Local Content Policies in Mineral-Rich Countries

    The paper, focused on designing local content policies in mineral-rich countries, is part of a set of expert documents to substantiate the IGF Guidance for Governments on local content policies, released in July 2018. Read More
  • Report
    Local Content Policies in the Mining Sector: Fostering downstream linkages

    Local Content Policies in the Mining Sector: Fostering downstream linkages

    The paper, focused on downstream linkages, is part of a set of expert documents to substantiate the IGF Guidance for Governments on local content policies, released in July 2018. Read More
  • Report
    Using Technology to Solve Today's Water Challenges

    Using Technology to Solve Today's Water Challenges

    Eight case studies of organizations using innovative technologies to make better decisions regarding the protection of our fresh water. Read More
  • Briefing Note
    Developing and Negotiating Based on a Model Investment Treaty

    Developing and Negotiating Based on a Model Investment Treaty

    This background paper provides insights into the third session of IISD's Webinar Series on Investment Law and Policy, focused on developing and negotiating based on a model investment treaty. Read More
  • Commentary
    City Voters Should Keep Lake Winnipeg in Mind

    City Voters Should Keep Lake Winnipeg in Mind

    Unfortunately, sewage treatment infrastructure doesn’t tend to rank among the most popular of campaign topics in Canadian elections. Read More
  • Commentary
    Carbon Dividends Could Save Carbon Pricing – and Create a New National Climate Consensus

    Carbon Dividends Could Save Carbon Pricing – and Create a New National Climate Consensus

    Dividend payouts could hold the key to Canada's carbon pricing strategy getting back on track. Read More