• Our Public Water Future

    Privatisation on the backfoot as new book shows that the growing wave of cities putting water back under public control has now spread to 37 countries impacting 100 million people.
  • Lawyers subverting the public interest

    In response to growing public criticism of international investment law, a new lobby group has emerged, EFILA, seeking to influence European officials. This briefing exposes how EFILA represents an attempt by the arbitration industry to fend off much-needed reforms in order to protect a highly lucrative business.
  • Licensed to Grab

    The investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause present in many trade treaties give investors far-reaching protection, curtailing governments’ ability to regulate for progressive agrarian and agricultural policies and reinforcing the notion of land as a commodity.
  • Iran Deal: A Game-Changer for the Middle East

    Negotiators in Switzerland just won a huge victory for diplomacy over war. Now we've got to protect it.
  • State of Power 2015

    The fourth edition of our annual State of Power report, coinciding with the international meeting in Switzerland of what Susan George calls “the Davos class”. This series seeks to examine different dimensions of power, unmask the key holders of power in our globalised world, and identify sources of transformative counter-power.

Articles

The mirage of public-private water

Public-private partnerships were heralded as a solution to the millions who still lack access to water, but after two decades the evidence is in: they have failed. An unprecedented surge of cities is now bringing water back under public control.

The Jim Crow Holy Land

Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile, and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.

Jakarta Court cancels World's biggest Water Privatisation after 18 year Failure

The Central Jakarta District Court on 24 March annulled the water privatisation contracts of Suez (PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya – Palyja) and Aetra, finding that the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) were negligent in fulfilling the human right to water for Jakarta’s residents.
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Water and Power: Are public services still public?

Public water and electricity are back in vogue. Yet many state-owned utilities are now undergoing €œcorporatisation€: they have legal autonomy and manage their own finances. Is this a positive development in the struggle for equitable public services? Or a slippery slope toward privatization?

The Marshall Islands Versus the World’s Nuclear Weapons States

Peter Weiss
One effect of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) initiative is to throw a spotlight on the policies of the nuclear weapons states, which claim to be committed to a nuclear weapons free world while showing not the slightest willingness to reach that goal.
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Publications

Political brief on the Principles on Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Foodsystems

The RAI principles do not move further in navigating the slippery terrain of defining ‘responsible’ versus ‘irresponsible’ investment - possibly resulting in them doing more harm than good. It is essential to push back against a regressive use of the principles and monitor what other actors are doing in the name of the principles.

Building Peace in Permanent War

For those interested in peace and the non-violent resolution of conflict the prognosis is not good. Not just because the war on terror keeps producing enemies with whom, it is said, there is no negotiating, but because the legal and political framework it has engendered has transformed the way in which political violence and armed conflict is understood and managed.

Towards a Healthier Legal Environment

Nang Pann Ei Kham, Gloria Lai and Tripti Tandon
Since the current drug laws were enacted several important changes have taken place inside and outside of Myanmar. The decision of the Myanmar Government to review the law is not only timely but also offers a prospect to improve the drugs legislation and to ensure that the laws address drug-related problems in the country more effectively.

The Challenge of Democratic and Inclusive Land Policymaking in Myanmar

Alberto Alonso Fradejas, Hannah Twomey
Myanmar's National Land Use Policy promises to make profound changes to the current economic, social, and political-institutional landscape. This is an important and bold step, but its impact will depend on how it addresses the often “messy” details of actual land based social relations.

Architecture of Impunity

Corporate crime is not due to a few´bad apples´ but to an architecture of impunity and a structure of power that puts corporate rights above human rights. An infographic from the State of Power report 2015
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Videos

  • Pablo Echenique is a vivid example of a normal citizen that through Podemos found a way to be a political actor in Spain and Europe. Hilary Wainwright interviews him to help us to understand what the Podemos phenomenon is about.
  • Public water and electricity are back in vogue. Yet many state-owned utilities are now undergoing €œcorporatisation€: they have legal autonomy and manage their own finances. Is this a positive development in the struggle for equitable public services? Or...
  • A Uruguayan public utility and union has joined up community-based water managers in Bolivia and Colombia in order to strengthen public and communitarian management of water and stop privatisation.