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Stockholm Treaty Lab: Interview with commended teams

The commended teams of the Stockholm Treaty Lab, the Creative Disrupters and Team Innovate, share their experience in participating in the crowdsourcing initiative.

On 20 July 2018, the Stockholm Treaty Lab Jury announced its decision on the outcome of the competition. Measuring the contestant submissions against the competition criteria, the jury decided not to select a grand prize winner, but rather to commend two teams for their unique approaches to the challenge. 

The commended teams are the Creative Disrupters and Team Innovate.

In an interview, they told the Stockholm Treaty Lab Secretariat about their experience in taking part in this crowdsourcing initiative.

How did you find your team members?

The Creative Disrupters:

”Most of our team members work in the same organization and joined the competition jointly, which might make our team less "crowdsourced" than other Stockholm Treaty Lab contestants. However, we did invite some external experts (academics whose work in the field we admired), and others approached us through the HeroX platform to express an interest in joining our team.”

Team Innovate:

”The core team have all lived and worked in The Hague, variously at the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and as legal advisers or law clerks to judges and arbitrators. So we each knew of each other from various events in The Hague, although we had not all worked together before. By the time we did the competition we had spread out to Paris, New York, London and Oxford, so all of our work was done remotely. The advisory team was formed from our broader networks of individuals that we knew had a real interest in investment or climate change and who came from different walks of life."

What was your experience in general with this crowdsourcing initiative?

The Creative Disrupters:

”Overall it was a very positive experience. The incentive of the Stockholm Treaty Lab prize (including the submission deadline!) and the possibility to form an interdisciplinary forum of experts online motivated us to develop an innovative model treaty. Granted, we might as well have gotten together independently and achieved the same or similar results - but the crowdsourcing initiative provided encouragement and a platform to make it happen.”

Team Innovate:

”The most rewarding aspect of the competiton was the collaboration, both within our core team and with our external advisors. The result of working with a group of such talented people is so much better than had we each done the competition alone.  And it also forced us to negotiate and reach compromises to strike the balance between drafting a new treaty that would be viable for States to sign on to, while also offering real incentives to investors to invest in sustainability and climate change projects. So the outcome reflects none of our individual views, it is truly a collaborative result.”

 What do you think about crowdsourcing as a method to draft international law?

The Creative Disrupters:

”As we highlight in several provisions of our Treaty on Sustainable Investment for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, transparency, opportunity for public engagement and effective participation of all stakeholders should be encouraged as key components of international law and governance. Why not open international law and governance to input from experts of different knowledge, geographic and cultural backgrounds? Using crowdsourcing as a method to draft international law would be worth exploring more, beyond the investment law and climate change law contexts.”

Team Innovate:

”The competition incentivised us to work in a focused way to bring together two areas of international law that are not often thought of together.”

Read more about their submissions here.

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