Howard Mann International Law
Howard Mann  International Law

Achievements & Highlights

Howard Mann's noteworthy career has been marked by in-depth analysis, original thinking, strategic advice and a passion for identifying effective solutions to challenging international legal matters. Dr. Mann has been involved in international negotiations and litigation, developing national and international laws, training business and government leaders, and facilitating international meetings. Highlights include:

  • Development of direct legal advisory service to 3 of the BRICS countries on international investment treaties and domestic investment law.
  • Providing legal and policy advice to developing country governments on investment treaty negotiations, now numbering over 80 governments, 2005–present.
  • Lead consulting lawyer, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), preparation of SADC Model Bilateral Investment Treaty Template and Commentary, 2010-2012.
  • Lead, SADC/IISD Training Programme, Negotiating International Investment Treaties, Pretoria, 30 July-3 August 2012.
  • Provides legal advice to several developing country governments on domestic laws relating to foreign investment, in particular in Africa, 2010-present.
  • Member of advisory team to Government of Ecuador, Ministerio de Recursos Naturales no Renovables, Proyecto de Diseño de Contrato Minero (Model National Mine Development Contract project), June-October 2010.
  • Member of the Drafting Committee and the Administrative Committee for the development of the International Bar Association’s Model Mining Development Agreement for use in developing countries, 2009-2011.
  • Prepared a briefing paper for Prof. John Ruggie, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Business and Human Rights, entitled International Investment Agreements, Business and Human Rights: Key Issues and Opportunities; ongoing participation in related expert advisory meetings on the resulting “Responsible Contracting” project, 2007–2011.
  • Team leader, training session on international investment law for developing country investment treaty negotiators, at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Santiago Chile (2007), involving over 20 private practice, government and non-governmental lawyers.
  • Team leader, similar training session for eastern African countries, led by IISD in association with the Trade Policy Training Center for Africa (TRAPCA), in Arusha, Tanzania, 2009.
  • Lead drafter, first amicus curiae submission in international investment law arbitrations, cited in Methanex v. United States, 2000–2005.
  • Lead drafter, first amicus curiae submission under International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) revised Arbitration Rules, cited in Biwater v. Tanzania, 2006–2007.
  • Lead writer, IISD Model International Agreement on Investment for Sustainable Development, 2004–2005.
  • 2004–2005, Special Counsel on behalf of municipal governments and others, Federal Court of Appeal, Canada, in Sumas Energy 2, Inc. v. Canada (National Energy Board) (Federal Court of Appeal)[2006]1 F.C.R. 456, the first case in Canada’s domestic courts to address the scope of NAFTA’s Chapter Eleven on Investment.
  • Prepared international law and Canadian constitutional law case materials for Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Court of Canada cases on international sovereign immunity (United States of America v. Public Service Alliance of Canada [1992] 2 S.C.R. 50), and Canadian and international environmental law.
  • Member of Canadian delegation to multiple international negotiations at the United Nations, including climate change, hazardous waste, United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)1992,, and in NAFTA and bilateral US-Canada negotiations. Received Prime Ministerial citation for work relating to UNCED, 1992.
  • Contributed legal advice on the preparation of several pieces of Canadian federal environmental law, including the Canadian Environmental Impact Assessment Act and regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
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