The International Investment Regime and its Intersection with Business and Human Rights - Day 1

3 CPD points

Day 1 morning- The International Investment Regime and its Intersection with Business and Human Rights

(Please see Access to Remedy for Day 1 afternoon and Global Supply Chains on 22 September for Day 2 )

These seminars aim to provide an advanced understanding of how law and regulation relate to current debates about corporate responsibility and the intersection of business with human rights. What would constitute an ideal regulatory and remedial framework on the human rights impacts of business activity? What legal, commercial, political or social forces and factors shape these issues in practice?
The seminars analyse the source, nature, content and practical significance of legal, regulatory, self-regulatory and other frameworks governing the ways in which business actors and activities might affect human rights. The course is of relevance to policymakers, regulators, corporate and financial executives, those in civil society, the media, and the legal profession.

Facilitated by Gillian Moon (Visiting Fellow, Trade, Human Rights and Development Project, UNSW Law)


This class explores business and human rights in the context of international investment law. The sources and content of international investment law are unpacked, as are the objectives of both foreign investors and the states which enter these agreements. The special rights of foreign investors under international investment treaties are considered in the context of the impacts of their activities on domestic human rights and on states’ right to regulate in the public interest. Also explored are the roles of “investor-state dispute settlement” and self-regulatory initiatives, like the UN Guiding Principles and the various MSIs, in addressing the human rights-related concerns which have arisen as a result of international investment agreements. A number of case studies, including the US-Guatemala arbitration of June 2017, will illustrate the human and labour rights-related problems which can be generated by international investment agreements.



Room 101, Level 1, Law Building
Kensington NSW 2052