Publications

Prospects for Treaty Reform and UN System-Wide Coherence on Drug Policy

Briefing
May 2015

Can UNGASS 2016 realistically initiate a process of modernizing the global drug control system and breathe oxygen into a system risking asphyxiation?

The Current State of Counternarcotics Policy and Drug Reform Debates in Myanmar

Report
May 2015

Are Myanmar's current drug policies effective? How do they impact important issues such as human rights, sustainable development, ethnic conflict, and the peace process?

Lawyers subverting the public interest

Briefing
Pia Eberhardt, Fabian Flues
April 2015

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.

Political Reform and Ethnic Peace in Burma/Myanmar

Briefing
April 2015

For many citizens a countdown begins to a crucial general election later this year, with warnings of a halt in reform momentum and a more troubling reality behind many of the socio-political changes in the country.

 

Our Public Water Future

Book
Emanuele Lobina, Olivier Petitjean
April 2015

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.

TTIP Why the Rest of the World should Beware

Paper
March 2015

Why should human rights, environmental and consumer advocate organizations all over the world that are working toward a world different from the corporate-led neoliberal dogma, pay special attention to TTIP?

Rethinking Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South

Book
David McDonald
March 2015

After three decades of privatization and anti-state rhetoric, government ownership and public management are back in vogue.

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

Briefing
March 2015

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.

International Investment Agreements Under Scrutiny

Report
March 2015

Citizens and policy makers around the world are increasingly questioning the trade agreement system, especially the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) that enables foreign investors to bypass the legal system of host states and sue governments before private tribunals for any policy, democratically passed law, or judgment of a court that adversely affects them.

 

Building Peace in Permanent War

Report
February 2015

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.

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