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Curtis Provides Capacity Training to the Government of Uganda
Event 21 Sep. 2022
Kalidou Gadio Speaks at AIEN 2022 International Energy Summit
Event 06 Jun. 2023
Partner Borzu Sabahi Speaks on Panel in Tashkent Law Spring International Legal Forum in the Republic of Uzbekistan
News 15 May. 2023
Curtis represents e-commerce retailer in its fight to recover monies withheld by PayPal, the global payment giant
Event 08 May. 2023
Partner Irene Petrelli to Participate in ICC YAAF Event
News 02 May. 2023
Curtis Italy with DeA Capital in the Acquisition of Magic S.r.l
Event 07 Jun. 2023
Elisa Botero Speaks on Latin America’s H2 Potential at AIEN’s International Energy Summit
Event 23 May. 2023
Partners Luciana Ricart and Fernando Tupa Will Teach a Workshop on Hearings in Investment Arbitration for Arbanza School of Arbitration’s Online Program
Event 03 May. 2023
Dr. Borzu Sabahi to Speak at ICSID-ADGM Joint Conference: Investment Protection and Armed Conflict
Event 19 Mar. 2023
Sebastiano Nessi speaks at Bahrain Business and Legal Landscape Conference
Event 01 Jun. 2023
Curtis Environmental Chair Charles Howland to Moderate Panel Discussion on Latest Developments in Environmental Due Diligence at ABA Masterclass on Environmental Transactions
News 25 May. 2023
Curtis Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief for Distinguished Law Professors in First Amendment Retaliatory Arrest Case
News 06 Mar. 2023
Russia Sanctions at the First Anniversary: An Overview of Current Sanctions in the US, UK, and EU and How Global Companies Can Navigate Evolving and Conflicting Sanctions Regimes
Client Alert 30 Aug. 2022
The EU Adopts the “Maintenance and Alignment” Sanctions Package
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Lise Johnson’s practice focuses on representing governments in investment treaty arbitration and public international law matters. She also supports governments from around the world engaged in formulating domestic and international investment law and policy, evaluating risks of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), and developing strategies and options for minimizing those risks.
Ms. Johnson’s work concentrates on the intersection of investment law and complex regulatory spheres such as climate policy, governance of extractive industries and infrastructure, and development of industrial policy.
She has participated as a delegate in ISDS reform negotiations at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), both during development of the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency, and in ongoing efforts to address concerns with ISDS. She has also participated in various government committees and fora established to inform investment treaty policy, and has provided briefings to legislative bodies including the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, the UK House of Lords and the European Parliament, on issues relating to investment treaty negotiations.
Ms. Johnson is frequently asked to provide background and guidance in meetings and initiatives organized by various intergovernmental organizations including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UNCITRAL, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); and the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA).
Ms. Johnson joined Curtis from the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) at Columbia University in New York, and remains as a Senior Fellow with the center. Prior to joining CCSI, she was an advisor with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and a litigator at an international law firm.
Lise Johnson & Ladan Mehranvar, "Missing Masters: Causes, Consequences and Corrections for States’ Disengagement from the Investment Treaty System," Journal of International Dispute Settlement, Volume 13, Issue 2 (June 2022)
Lise Johnson, Lisa E. Sachs & Ella Merrill, “Investor-State Dispute Prevention: A Critical Reflection,” Dispute Resolution Journal vol. 75, no. 4 (2021).
Lise Johnson & Lisa E. Sachs, “Trends in International Investment Agreements (Annual Review),” in Yearbook on Investment Law and Policy, Lise Johnson & Lisa E. Sachs (eds) (Oxford University Press, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).
Lise Johnson & Brooke Güven, “The Policy Implications of Third-Party Funding in Investor-State Dispute Settlement,” CCSI Working Paper (CCSI, 2019).
Lise Johnson & Brooke Güven, “Securing Adequate Legal Defense in Proceedings under International Investment Agreements: A Scoping Study” (Government of the Netherlands, 2019).
Jesse Coleman, Kaitlin Y. Cordes & Lise J. Johnson, “Human Rights Law and the Investment Treaty Regime” in Research Handbook on Human Rights and Business, Surya Deva and David Birchall (eds) (Edward Elgar, 2020).
Lise Johnson, Lisa E. Sachs & Nathan Lobel, “Aligning Investment Treaties with Sustainable Development Goals,” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law vol 58 (2019).
Lise Johnson & Lisa E. Sachs, “Investment Treaties, Investor-State Dispute Settlement, and Inequality: How International Investment Treaties Exacerbate Domestic Disparities,” in International Rules and Inequality: Implications for Global Economic Governance, José Antonio Ocampo (ed) (Columbia University Press, 2019).
Lise Johnson et al.., Rethinking International Investment Governance: Principles for the 21st Century (CCSI, 2018).
Lise Johnson & Brooke Güven, “The Settlement of Investment Disputes: A Discussion of Democratic Accountability and the Public Interest,” Investment Treaty News (March 2017).
Lise Johnson, “Greening FDI: Defining, Measuring and Catalyzing Green Investment by Multinational Enterprises” (UNEP, 2017).
Lise Johnson, “A Fundamental Shift in Power Permitting International Estoppel,” UCLA Law Review: In Discourse (February 2018).
Lise Johnson & Brooke Güven, “International Investment Agreements: Impacts on Climate Change Policies in India, China and Beyond,” in Trade in the Balance: Reconciling Trade and Climate Policy, Kevin Gallagher (ed) (Global Economic Governance Initiative, 2016).
Lise Johnson, “Space for Local Content Policies and Strategies” (GIZ, 2016).
Lise Johnson, “Regulation of Investment Incentives at the International Level,” in Rethinking Investment Incentives: Trends and Policy Options (Columbia University Press, 2016).
Lise Johnson, Jeffrey Sachs & Lisa E. Sachs, “Investor-State Dispute Settlement, Public Interest, and US Domestic Law” (CCSI, 2015).
Lise Johnson, “The Impact of Investment Treaties on Governance of Private Investment in Infrastructure,” EUI Working Papers, RSCAS 2014/32 (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Global Governance Program, 2014).
Lise Johnson & Merim Razbaeva, “State Control over Interpretation of Investment Treaties” (CCSI, 2014).
Lise Johnson & Oleksandr Volkov, “Investor-State Contracts, Host-State ‘Commitments’ and the Myth of Stability in International Law,” American Review of International Arbitration vol. 24, no. 3 (2013).
Lise Johnson & Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, “New UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules on Transparency: Application, Content and Next Steps,” Investment Treaty News (September 2013).
Chinese Outward Investment, An Emerging Policy Framework, Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Lise Johnson & Jianping Zhang (eds) (IISD & IIER, 2012).
Lise Johnson & Elisabeth Tuerk, “CIEL's Experience in WTO Dispute Settlement: Challenges and Complexities from a Practical Point of View,” in Civil Society, International Courts and Compliance Bodies, Tullio Treves et al. (eds) (TMC Asser Press, 2005).
Public International Law
Event 05 Apr. 2023
Lise Johnson to Speak at OECD 8th Annual Conference
Event 27 Mar. 2023
Lise Johnson to Speak on ISDS and the Right to Regulate at the Global Trade Academy 2023