line with UNCTAD's Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development
(IPFSD), the programme will help policy makers and negotiators to deepen their
understanding and analysis of the key issues in IIAs by offering concrete
options for the design and negotiation of IIAs that effectively promote
sustainable development and inclusive growth.
course will highlight the importance of ensuring policy coherence between
national development policies and IIAs through designing clear and explicit
clauses, balancing investors' rights and obligations (including through
corporate social responsibility principles), and safeguarding policy space for
other public policies (e.g. climate change, labour, health).
segment of the course will address investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS),
and policies to prevent and manage ISDS.
the course will address topics of special interests to the countries in the
region such as the investment competence of the European Union (EU) after the
Lisbon Treaty, the compatibility of EU member States IIAs with EU law, treaty
expiration, and the emergence of regional IIAs, such as the EURASEC.