Learning event

IIED webinar: civil society submissions in investor-state arbitration – do they work?

Date: 6 February 2018
A mountain of tailings, or mining waste, at an open-pit copper mining complex southwest of the city of Arequipa in southern Peru (Photo: A Davey, Creative Commons via Flickr)

This webinar discussed how civil society groups can bring forward community perspectives, human rights or environmental issues in investor-state arbitrations.

A recent rise in natural resource investments, such as agribusiness and mining, has increased pressures on land in many low- and middle-income countries. People are coming together to protect their rights, to seek better terms or to oppose investments. Citizens groups in many countries are taking action to change the way that investments in natural resources are happening, working to protect the environment and the rights of citizens. 


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Lorenzo Cotula (, principal researcher in IIED's Natural Resources research group and team leader, legal tools