The University of East Anglia Law School, in co-operation with the Amsterdam Center for International Law (Stephan Schill) and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies are organising the two-day workshop "Good governance and foreign investment in the natural resources sector." The workshop will take place on 17 & 18 June 2019 and is part of the UEA Law's "Contemporary perspectives on international investment law" expert seminar series.
|Start date||17 June 2019|
|End date||18 June 2019|
Foreign investment may play an important role in the drive to harness the potential of natural
resources. Yet, the extent to which they will contribute to sustainable economic and social
development largely depends on the adequacy of governance, intended as “the process of
decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented)”
(UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 2009).
Several actors are involved in governance, most prominently the government and local
authorities, multinational companies (MNCs) and the population. Governance itself is a
multifaceted concept that includes effectiveness, efficiency, fairness, inclusiveness, participation,
accountability, transparency, public scrutiny and observance of the rule of law.
The workshop will map the existing instruments – legally binding or not – relevant from the
standpoint of governance and examine the related practice of both governments and MNCs. It
will then assess to what extent these instruments have promoted and ensured good governance
in the sense of protecting and balancing the different private and public interests at stake. It will
finally try to identify the gaps and shortcomings of these instruments and explore how those can
eliminated or minimised.
The workshop will open with a keynote speech, which will introduce the notion of good governance as it has emerged in the natural resources sector, map the main legal instruments contributing to good governance in this sector and outline the legal challenges in ensuring a balanced protection of the private and public interests of the different stakeholders. The workshop will be structured into four sessions.
Monday 17 June
14:30 – 15:00 Keynote: Foreign Investment and Good Governance in the Natural Resources Sector: Mapping the Field – Peter Cameron
I. Good Governance in the Investment Treaty Framework in the Natural Resource Sector
15:00 – 15:30 Natural resource governance - Daniella Dam
15:30 – 16:00 Interaction between investment protection, environmental concerns and human and indigenous rights in the investment treaty framework - Jason Rudall
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
II. Investor Obligations and Accountability Mechanisms in the Natural Resource Sector
16:30 – 17:00 Investor obligations and compliance and accountability mechanisms – Uta Kohl
17:00 – 17:30 Public interest and good governance in investment dispute settlement - Mavluda Sattorova
17:30 – 18:00 Discussion
Tuesday 18 June
III. Good Governance and Foreign Investment in Extractive Industries
10:00 – 10:30 Oil and gas - Gloria Alvarez
10:30 – 11:00 Mining and commodity – Nicholas Perrone
11:00 – 11:30 Extractive industries: A practitioner view – Richard W. Roeder
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
IV. Good Governance and Foreign Investment in Renewable Resources
12:00 – 12:30 Agriculture and forestry - Lorenzo Cotula
12:00 – 12:30 Fresh water - Ana Maria Daza Clark
12:30 – 13:00 Discussion
13:00 – 13:15 Conclusions
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