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Electronic consultation: Harnessing freedom of investment for green growth


Harnessing Freedom of Investment for Green Growth is a document approved by government delegates to the Freedom of Investment (FOI) Roundtable which addresses how the investment policy community can help societies achieve their green growth objectives.


Between 3 February and 2 March 2011 we invited selected experts with an interest in the interaction between international investment and the environment to comment on the draft policy statement and background papers (PDF).


Comments were considered by delegates at the March 2011 FOI Roundtable and contributed to the final version of the document which was adopted following that meeting.


The background papers provide additional information about issues in the statement. They address green investment protectionism, the relationship between international environmental law and international investment law, and environmental provisions in international investment agreements.


The final version of the document was welcomed by the OECD Council at Ministerial level in May 2011 as part of the OECD Green Growth Strategy report.



Harnessing Freedom of Investment for Green Growth, final version (PDF) Français, version finale (PDF)

Draft policy statement and background papers for comment (PDF)


Comments Received:

  • Gus Van Harten, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada
  • Ronald B Mitchell, Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon; Director of the International Environmental Agreements Database Project, United States of America
  • James X. Zhan, Director, Investment & Enterprise Division, United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD)
  • Meg Kinnear, Secretary General, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • Joost Pauwelyn, Professor of International Economic Law and WTO Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva, Switzerland; Senior Advisor, King and Spalding
  • Andrew Newcombe, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Cai Congyan, Professor of International Law, Xiamen University School of Law; Deputy Secretary General, Chinese Society of International Economic Law (CSIEL), China
  • Jorge E. Viñuales, Pictet Chair in International Environmental Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva, Switzerland; Counsel, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler
  • Alessandra Asteriti, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Glasgow School of Law; Part-time lecturer, University of Strathclyde School of Law, Scotland
  • Seattle to Brussels Network, various European countries; Environment and Development Forum, Germany
  • Shotaro Hamamoto, Professor of International Law, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Stephan Schill, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Robert Howse, Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law, New York University School of Law, United States of America
  • Kaj Hobér, Professor of International Law at the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), Scotland; Partner Mannheimer Swartling, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jan Wouters, Professor of International Law and International Organizations, University of Leuven, President, Flemish Foreign Affairs Council, Of Counsel, Linklaters De Bandt; Nicolas Hachez, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Nicolle Graugnard, Policy Manager, Commission on Trade and Investment Policy; Andrea Bacher, Policy Manager, Commission on Environment and Energy, Corporate Economists Advisory Group, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Renaud Sorieul, Secretary, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

Read all Read comments received to date (PDF)


See also:

More about the Freedom of Investment Roundtable at the OECD

More about OECD's Green Growth Strategy

More about Investment for Green Growth at the OECD



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