Analysis of the UK-Colombia Bilateral Investment Treaty

November 2014

A briefing note from Traidcraft Exchange on the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between the UK and Colombia, ratified by the UK in July 2014. 

This note argues that the treaty:

  • Threatens the ability of Colombia to regulate in the public interest, including on human rights, and does not offer safeguards for the inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions;
  • is contrary to current UK commitments on human rights and the UNGPs, and
  • places the UK in danger of inconsistency with its current commitments to Colombia on human rights and the UNGPs