Open forum: stakeholder session on UNCITRAL ISDS reform process

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Monday, 1 October 2018

Register to attend an open forum at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law to discuss the reform of investor-state arbitration.

The Vienna International Centre, venue for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law  conference (Photo: Brücke-Osteuropa [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons)

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is considering the reform of investor-state arbitration (also known as investor-state dispute settlement or ISDS). ISDS has emerged as one of the controversial issues in fields of international economic governance, and when thinking about the roles, rights, and responsibilities of states, multinational enterprises, and citizens.

Alongside the UNCITRAL negotiations, taking place from 29 October to 2 November in Vienna, UNCITRAL, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and IIED have organised an open session on 31 October for interested members of the public (such as civil society organisations, academics and practitioners) and government officials to present their views on the issues being discussed at UNCITRAL.

More than a year into the process, what are perspectives on the process, its outcomes, and next steps?

Among those present at the open forum will be IIED principal researcher Lorenzo Cotula, who leads the institute's work on legal tools for citizen empowerment.

Event details

When: Wednesday, 31 October (6-9pm)
Where: Diplomatische Akademie Wien, Favoritenstraße 15a, 1040 Vienna, Austria
How to register: If you would like to present your views, perspective, and work on these issues, please register your interest. If you would like to attend, but not present, please RSVP. Space is limited, so registration is required.

Event timetable

6-6.45pm: Registration and light refreshments
6.45-8.30pm: Presentations and discussion
8.30-9pm: Reception   

International treaties, national laws and transnational contracts define the terms of an investment and influence the distribution of its costs and benefits. This event forms part of IIED's work with partners to rethink these legal documents and the process through which they are formulated to promote inclusive sustainable development.

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