Lorenzo Cotula's blog posts

28 March 2018 |

In the face of rapid changes, how can people in low- and middle-income countries ensure they get the best deal to protect their land?

30 January 2018 |

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are emerging as important vehicles for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their legal and financial implications must be carefully considered. 

14 November 2017 |

If you missed the recent policy forum on legal empowerment, fear not: here Lorenzo Cotula recaps on what characterises IIED's approach and shares his top three lessons learned.

16 October 2017 |

Lorenzo Cotula discusses how international investment treaties could promote more responsible investment and argues that, while some innovative practices are emerging, there is still much to do.

25 May 2016 |

The commodity slump has cooled the global land rush. But land rights are still under pressure, requiring action at local to global levels.

17 February 2016 |

New research examining the geographical coverage of international investment treaties raises concern about how they might affect public action to address 'land grabbing'.

20 October 2015 |

Many land deals are still kept secret. Will a new online resource change the game?

7 September 2015 |

There are growing calls to reform international investment law, but how can we ensure that the people affected by these decisions are part of the debate?

8 July 2015 |

Commercial land concessions may be protected under international investment law, with important implications for local land relations. Lorenzo Cotula argues that securing land rights requires tackling these global dimensions.

19 January 2015 |

The House of Commons has been debating the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). But will the UK parliament use its powers to debate a bilateral investment treaty signed with Ethiopia?

20 October 2014 |

If foreign investment is to promote inclusive sustainable development, investment policy must take human rights seriously.

10 July 2014 |

The European Union's negotiations with the United States over the investment chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership propose a more balanced text than many earlier treaties. But the EU has not made a compelling case for including an investment chapter in the first place.

19 May 2014 |

Investor-state arbitrations can affect important areas of public policy – from environmental protection to public health. Yet many people may have never heard about this mechanism for settling disputes between investors and states, particularly in low and middle-income countries.

14 November 2013 |

As trade talks regain momentum, 'land grab' activists are scrutinising negotiations and pioneering new opportunities for public accountability.

16 October 2013 |

A new report claims that European demand for biofuels is not to blame for land acquisitions in poorer countries. But evidence suggests that the issue is more complex than the biofuels industry would like us to believe.