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Investment Capacity Building and Advisory Services

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As the international investment regime evolves into an increasingly complex web of investment treaties and host government contracts, IISD helps enable developing countries to obtain a full understanding of the implications of these legal instruments and to level the playing field in investment negotiations and disputes.

To help achieve this goal, IISD’s highly qualified international lawyers offer advisory services on investment treaties and contracts with respect to investment negotiations, implementation and disputes. This includes bilateral and regional investment treaties and chapters in broader agreements.

IISD also conducts workshops and training courses for negotiators of investment treaties and contracts as well as policy-makers and government officials involved in international investment issues. This capacity-building work includes the Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators.

For more information please view our brochure in English, French and Spanish.

111 Developing Countries Have Attended IISD's Annual Forum

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  • Report
    Assessing the Impacts of Investment Treaties: Overview of the evidence

    Assessing the Impacts of Investment Treaties: Overview of the evidence

    Investment treaties grant powerful legal rights to foreign investors. Foreign investors’ ability to frame plausible multimillion-dollar claims against a wide range of host government actions—and the fact that these claims are adjudicated through a system of private arbitration—has made investment treaties controversial. This scoping study seeks to provide an overview and assessment of existing evidence of investment treaties’ impacts. Read More
  • Newsletter
    Investment Treaty News Quarterly (ITN), Volume 8, Issue 3, September 2017

    Investment Treaty News Quarterly (ITN), Volume 8, Issue 3, September 2017

    Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship quarterly journal on international investment law and policy. Read More
  • Newsletter
    Investment Treaty News Quarterly (ITN), Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2017

    Investment Treaty News Quarterly (ITN), Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2017

    Investment Treaty News is IISD’s flagship quarterly journal on international investment law and policy. Read More
  • Newsletter
    Investment Treaty News Quarterly (ITN), Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2017

    Investment Treaty News Quarterly (ITN), Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2017

    Investment Treaty News is IISD’s flagship quarterly journal on international investment law and policy. Read More
  • Best Practices
    IISD Best Practices Series: The Most-Favoured-Nation Clause in Investment Treaties

    IISD Best Practices Series: The Most-Favoured-Nation Clause in Investment Treaties

    This IISD Best Practices paper studies the most-favoured-nation (MFN) clause in investment treaties and its interpretation by arbitral tribunals, drawing lessons for states. Read More
  • Best Practices
    IISD Best Practices Series: Exhaustion of Local Remedies in International Investment Law

    IISD Best Practices Series: Exhaustion of Local Remedies in International Investment Law

    Part of IISD’s Best Practices Series, this advisory bulletin reviews state-of-the-art options and approaches to the exhaustion of local remedies requirement in international investment law. Read More
  • Best Practices
    IISD Best Practices Series: Performance Requirements in Investment Treaties

    IISD Best Practices Series: Performance Requirements in Investment Treaties

    This paper surveys the types of performance requirements (PRs) in use around the world, and briefly describes the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMs). Read More
  • Best Practices
     IISD Best Practices Series: State-State Dispute Settlement Clause in Investment Treaties

    IISD Best Practices Series: State-State Dispute Settlement Clause in Investment Treaties

    This paper looks at state–state dispute settlement provisions in international investment agreements, examining the different mechanisms used to settle investment disputes, including judicial, quasi-judicial and arbitration procedures. Read More
  • Best Practices
    IISD Best Practices: Compensation for Expropriation

    IISD Best Practices: Compensation for Expropriation

    This paper analyzes the principles governing compensation for expropriation, as well as the primary methods of calculating the amount. Read More
  • Best Practices
    IISD Best Practices Series: Registration and Approval Requirements in Investment Treaties

    IISD Best Practices Series: Registration and Approval Requirements in Investment Treaties

    This paper analyzes registration and approval requirements for investments in investment treaties, and examines the interpretation of such provisions by arbitral tribunals. Read More