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International Investment Agreements and Non-Economic Rights

Wednesday, April 4

King Hall , Room 1301
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Dr. Barnali Choudhury is an Associate Professor at University College London. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including the forthcoming monograph, Corporate Duties to the Public (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Barnali’s work has been published widely and she has been invited to give talks around the globe including in China, Switzerland, India, Lebanon, Germany, and France.

This talk, presented by the California International Law Program (CILC), will discuss International Investment Agreements (“IIAs”). These are agreements that set out protections for foreign investors when they establish foreign investments abroad. IIAs are premised on a bargain: the protection of foreign investment in exchange for the furtherance of a country’s development goals. However, while the economic terms of the agreements have become an area of focus, the non-economic terms of the agreement have received less attention. Yet the non-economic impacts of these agreements can be significant. This is because IIAs can hamper governments' regulatory powers, and consequently, affect citizens’ human and environmental rights.

In an effort to focus on the role of non-economic rights in IIAs, my aim is to examine how their protection can contribute to a country’s development goals.

Lunch Provided

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