Publications

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.

Towards a Healthier Legal Environment

Report
Nang Pann Ei Kham, Gloria Lai and Tripti Tandon
February 2015

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

Report
Alberto Alonso Fradejas, Hannah Twomey
February 2015

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.

Linking Women and Land in Myanmar

Report
February 2015

What are the potential gender implications of the current land use policy draft in Myanmar? How might it be improved to promote and strengthen women’s land rights?

Law’s Empire of Austerity

Paper
Ioannis Glinavos
February 2015

The neoliberal free market has been 'constitutionalised' through law in Europe and elsewhere as a way to prevent challenges to financial and corporate power. The new technocracy put in place poses a serious danger to  democracy and freedom.

Taming the Corporate Beast

Paper
Marianne Hill, Ph.D.
February 2015

Growing public awareness of corporate violations has led to various initiatives to improve corporate behaviour but these serve largely to beautify the beast. What options are on the table that could rein in corporate power and lay foundations for a new economy?

Socialising Losses, Privatising Gains

Report
Roeline Knottnerus, Roos van Os
January 2015

Dutch investment treaties (BITs) are frequently used by foreign companies to sue governments in the North and South for policies that might harm their future profits. 75% of these cases were brought by mailbox companies with no real economic substance in the Netherlands, making use of the vast web of Dutch BITs and the rights and protection given to foreign investors.

Architecture of Impunity

January 2015

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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Paper
January 2015

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.

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