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(Dis)integration in Global Resource Governance: Extractivism, Human Rights, and Investment Treaties

Lorenzo Cotula

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This article explores the legal arrangements that integrate resource-dependent countries into the global economy. It argues that, while current debates about economic “dis-integration” focus on disruptions in cross-border trade and investment, for people affected by resource extraction it is the prevailing legal regime that dis-embeds and dis-integrates. Addressing these issues requires action to more fully recognise local systems of practice and belief, and more effectively consider human rights in investment processes.

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  • External: X00240
  • Published: Aug 2020 - Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Themes: Law, Land acquisitions and rights
  • Source pub: Journal of International Economic Law
  • Journal ref: Volume 23, Issue 2
  • Language: English

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Cotula L (2020) “(Dis)integration in Global Resource Governance: Extractivism, Human Rights, and Investment Treaties”, Journal of International Economic Law, 2020, 23-2, 431–454. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

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International investment treaties are a key part of the legal architecture that underpins the global economy. IIED works with partners to realign these legal documents with sustainable development.

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