Welcome to the Investment & Human Rights Learning Hub

The Learning Hub is a new online space created to build understanding on investment, human rights and their connections. The Hub will explore the implications that these connections have for the work of governments, commercial practitioners and civil society in ensuring the protection of and respect for human rights.

The Learning Hub is dynamic. It will develop over time, and there is much to explore already. With the Investment & Human Rights Map, the Hub proposes an innovative way to visualise and think about investment and human rights. Start exploring the Map, which will take you to tailored explanations of investment activities, human rights and their connections in each of the following areas:

The Learning Hub also offers extensive information onArbitration, State-investor contracts and International Human Rights Law, along with a range of useful Tools:

  • Toolboxes offering a dynamic repository of selected reference materials for practice, while drawing attention to emerging issues;
  • Expert articles offering analysis and insights from practitioners and leading experts on investment and human rights, highlighting key issues for practice; and
  • Learning videos offering basic explanations of essential topics and providing expert views on investment and human rights issues.

Stay informed as the Hub develops and adds new content and resources by following us on Twitter @InvestHumanRts, signing up to our mailing list or checking out What’s New.

If there are themes, issues or questions you would like the Learning Hub to address, please contact us.

Featured Articles & Videos

Transparency in investment treaty arbitration and the UNGPs – the new UNCITRAL Rules and Convention on Transparency, by Julia Salasky

The new UNCITRAL Rules and Convention on transparency offer States the opportunity to make investment arbitration more open and accessible to the public. States that take this opportunity make an important move towards bringing their investment policy in line with commitments reflected in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). This expert article written exclusively for the Investment & Human Rights Learning Hub explores the intersection between UNCITRAL’s work on transparency and the UNGPs.

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Human Rights Clauses in Commercial Contracts, by Antony Crockett

Business enterprises are now under increased pressure to ensure that human rights are respected throughout their operations. As a result, one strategy companies are considering is the integration of human rights requirements into their commercial agreements. This expert article written for the Investment & Human Rights Learning Hub explores this strategy and its implications.

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Investment Policy Reform and Human Rights in Myanmar, interview with Dr. Jonathan Bonnitcha

IHR Project lead Andrea Shemberg spoke to Jonathan about the recent opening of Myanmar to foreign investment, the policy and regulatory changes that accompany this opening and the human rights-related challenges that this poses. Jonathan also offered insights on how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the ‘Guiding Principles’ or the ‘UNGPs’) may help governments and foreign investors to address these challenges.

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