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Investment Protection and Human Rights: Tensions and Perspectives with a Special Focus on Indigenous Peoples

Christina Binder
Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

ABSTRACT I Foreign investments enjoy ever-stronger protection – with more than 3.300 International Investment Agreements by the end of 2022. At the same time, development projects and resource exploitation on indigenous territories have increased recently. This furthers the likeliness of tensions and evidences a growing need for coordination between both regimes. Indigenous peoples are recognized as culturally distinct peoples, which goes along with an enhanced protection of their land rights in international law. Several cases brought before investment tribunals have addressed indigenous rights. Consequently, the question of how to reduce potential tensions is more imminent than ever.


BIO I Dr. Christina Binder, E.MA, holds the Chair for International Law and International Human Rights Law at the University of the Bundeswehr Munich. Her research focuses on human rights, international investment law, democracy and political participation as well as international environmental law. Christina was member of the Executive Board (2008-2022) and former Vice-President of the European Society of International Law. Christina also served as legal and electoral expert for EU and OSCE/ODIHR election observation and assessment missions in several countries. She also acts as electoral expert for the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and for the Venice Commission.


Light lunch will be provided.