sharing in governance of extractive industries

Sophie Thomashausen
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Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
Type of Organisation
Civil Society Organisation, Academia
Job Title
Legal Researcher
About My Work
Sophie Thomashausen's work at CCSI focuses on optimizing legal and governance frameworks to promote sustainable development. She undertakes research and provides advice on issues related to the extractive industries, resource-related infrastructure, public-private partnerships and large-scale land investments. She also leads CCSI's initiative on strengthening negotiation support to developing host country governments. Prior to joining CCSI, she was a law fellow at the Public International Law and Policy Group. She also spent seven years at the international law firm Allen & Overy LLP in London and São Paulo where she advised on project finance, asset finance and other banking transactions in the Middle East, Africa, Kazakhstan and Brazil. From 2010- 2012, she also worked on a number of law capacity-building projects in Rwanda. She received an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Princeton University, USA, an M.A. in law from Cambridge University, England, and an LL.M. from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She is admitted to the Bar in New York State (2013) and England and Wales (2007).

Sophie is also currently the Young Lawyers Liaison Officer of the Mining Law Committee of the International Bar Association.
Areas of interest
oil and natural gas, csr, governance and anti-corruption, investing, environment, human rights, contract and licensing, monitoring revenue collection, redistribution and sustainable development
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Sophie Thomashausen's Blog

CCSI comparative profiles mapping out the legal frameworks governing water use and discharge in mining

Posted on August 11, 2016 at 18:30 0 Comments

CCSI has conducted a comparative review of the legal and regulatory frameworks governing the use and discharge of water by the copper and gold mining sectors in a selected sample of resource rich jurisdictions, including various states in the United States (Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada), Chile, China, Canada (British Columbia), Peru, Philippines, South…


CCSI Comparative Local Content profiles

Posted on February 9, 2016 at 7:01 1 Comment

Resource-rich countries are increasingly inserting requirements for local content (“local content provisions”) into their legal frameworks through legislation, contracts and bidding practices. If successful, such requirements to increase local content can lead to job creation, boost the domestic private sector, facilitate technology transfers, and build a competitive local workforce. However, local content goals are often unfulfilled and the opportunities for increasing local content are not…


Negotiation Support Portal

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 23:54 0 Comments

CCSI is excited to announce the launch of the updated Negotiation Support Portal to assist host governments in their planning, preparing for, negotiating, monitoring, and implementing of complex investment projects in the extractive industries, land and agriculture and infrastructure sectors. The Portal aims to improve the accessibility and…


Seeking comments on matrix of major negotiation support providers

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 23:59 0 Comments

The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investments (VCC) has compiled a matrix of major negotiation support initiatives, which includes information about each organization’s sector of support, geographical focus, response time, fee arrangements, and types of expertise and support provided.

It is hoped that…


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