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Global – Protecting human and environmental rights in international investment agreements (East Asia Forum)

Gillian Moon writes: Concerns have long been held about certain adverse human and environmental rights impacts of the international investment arbitration system, or investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), under which foreign investors seek compensation for state violations of international investment agreements. Human rights experts are particularly concerned about the asymmetric nature of the system and a lack of investors’ human rights obligations. Together with high ISDS costs and arbitral awards, they undermine states’ ability to realise economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.

Protecting human and environmental rights in international investment agreements | East Asia Forum