The United States Announces Updated Model Bilateral Investment Treaty

On April 20, 2012, the U.S. Department of State and the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced the posting of a revised Model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).  The new document, 42 pages in length, updates the 2004 Model BIT.  Additional background materials can be found here and here. A BIT provides binding legal … Read more

The Closing Plenary of the American Society of International Law

The Closing Plenary of the American Society of International Law’s 2012 Annual Meeting featured a conversation between UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues, Mr. S. James Anaya, and Ms. Dinah Shelton, Chair, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and OAS Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights. Professor Shelton gave the Nanda Center’s 2011 Myres S. McDougal Distinguished … Read more

The World Bank’s “Program for Results”: Implications for Indigenous Peoples

The World Bank

Without consultation with indigenous peoples, and very little with civil society, the World Bank is proposing a new financing instrument that could have dramatic, devastating, and irreparable effects on indigenous lands and resources. The Bank’s proposed “Program for Results” (P4R) would provide few protections for indigenous rights, and avoid implementation of many rights that indigenous … Read more

Australia’s High Court says “no” to Spousal Privilege

The Australian High Court

OK, so this is written like a research project, but, hey, I’m the FCIL Librarian. Comparative law raises many issues, and this comment is not meant to be a complete exploration of all the possible issues raised in comparing Australian and US laws, but given the common law heritage of the United States and Australia, … Read more

A few words from DU Law’s International Law Librarian, Joan Policastri

DU Int'l Law Portfolio

I plan to provide blogs on the library’s foreign and international law resources, and keep readers up to date on the latest books in the relevant fields. And, since my personal area of interest is the world of Indigenous Peoples’ rights and issues, I plan to post on several ongoing situations involving international law and … Read more