Publications

Protecting Profits over People

Report
Daniel Aguirre
November 2014

Myanmar is in the process of formulating an investment law and a land use policy that when combined will lay the foundations of development for the country. As it stands, these proposed instruments could have an adverse impact on human rights, and in particular land rights.

Trading away Democracy

Briefing
Pia Eberhardt, Blair Redlin, Cecile Toubeau
November 2014

The Investor-state dispute settlement mechanism in the far-reaching economic integration agreement between Canada and the European Union prevents governments from acting in the public interest.

Beyond the BRICS' Rhetoric: An Inquiry on South-South Land grabbing

Report
Tomaso Ferrando
November 2014

BRICS countries’ investors play an increasingly crucial role in land investments. Just as the global trend of increased interest and investment in land has led to a surge of land grabbing, BRICS investments have proved no different.

Here to stay: Water remunicipalisation as a global trend

Report
Emanuele Lobina, Olivier Petitjean
November 2014

In the last 15 years there have been at least 180 cases of water remunicipalisation in 35 countries, both in the global North and South, including high profile cases in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa

The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia

Briefing
Riza Damanik
November 2014

The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia is a powerful example of how investment agreements are used by companies to get exemptions from government regulations and legislation, undermining democracy and development.

Big Corporations, the Bali Package and Beyond

Report
Mary Louise F. Malig
November 2014

This sequel to the “Tailored for Sharks” report delves deeper into the role the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its legal system play in the corporate architecture that benefits and protects interests of Transnational Corporations (TNCs); details concrete examples of TNCs behind trade disputes; and presents the post-Bali corporate roadmap. 

Pro-Business or Pro-Poor?

Paper
October 2014

What are the potential implications for Myanmars majority rural working poor now after the unveiling of the much-awaited draft national land use policy?

Five sites of struggle and potential transformation

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Report
Zoe Brent & Tanya Kerssen
October 2014

Corporate control of the food system in the US continues to undermine the livelihoods of farmers, farmworkers, fisherpeople, communities of color, and indigenous peoples in the US, but there are also increasing examples of community-based resistance, grassroots solidarity, and broad-based alliances that are resisting the corporate takeover.

The Global Water Grab: A Primer

Primer
Gloria Pracucci
October 2014

Water grabbing refers to situations where powerful actors take control of valuable water resources  for their own benefit, depriving local communities whose livelihoods often depend on these resources and ecosystems.

Venezuela: terminal crisis of the rentier petro-state?

Paper
Translator; Sara Shields
October 2014

Venezuela's failure to develop an effective strategy to reduce its economy's dependence on gas and oil threatens the social successes and future viability of the Bolivarian project.

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