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The latest issue of the legal tools newsletter focuses on the costs and benefits of international investment treaties, and how community by-laws can help secure customary land rights.

The January 2017 edition of the Legal Tools newsletter (Image: IIED)

The Legal Tools newsletter is sent quarterly with updates on Legal Tools for Citizen Empowerment, a collaborative initiative to strengthen local rights and voices in natural resources investments. 

The latest issue explores the costs and benefits of international investment treaties and the role of private investment in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We highlight a new report by IIED and the Beijing-based Global Environmental Institute, 'China-Africa investment treaties: do they work?', which provides a cautionary tale as to whether such treaties do indeed promote investment, casting doubt on the benefits of investment treaties.

We also share a newly published briefing, 'Rethinking investment treaties to advance human rights', which shows that human rights issues have been at stake in many arbitrations worldwide. This briefing is intended to support parliamentary scrutiny of treaty making as part of a project with the Trade Justice Movement and Traidcraft. 

Further discussion about international treaties and land rights can be seen in a book chapter by IIED principal researcher Lorenzo Cotula, who also takes part in a Q&A. A further new briefing by Cotula discusses the possible impacts of the European Union referendum on foreign investment treaties.

A recent IIED webinar examined how community by-laws can help secure customary land rights to build community unity, improve local land governance, and strengthen claims to traditional lands. Speakers from Namati and the Ogiek’s People Development Program talked about their different approaches.

Vacancy: the legal tools team is looking for a French-speaking senior researcher. The closing date for applications is Monday, 6 February.

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