Reports & Briefings

Day of Dialogue on Knowledge for Food Sovereignty

April 2014
Report

On January 24 more than 300 academics and activists from around the world came together at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague for the Colloquium Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue. The meeting was a follow up to the conference of the same name held at Yale University in September of 2013.

Policy Shift

April 2014
Report

'Policy Shift' answers the call for a paradigm shift in favour of investment in agricultural alternatives by identifying a set of ten key policy changes that are required to support and promote positive alternative investments. The approach adopted is both a normative one informed by prevailing human rights norms and an empirical one informed by practical, on-the-ground examples of positive agricultural investments.

Over 70 Myanmar CSOs express their concerns over the EU-Myanmar Investment agreement

March 2014

Over 70 Myanmar CSOs express their concerns over the EU-Myanmar Investment agreement in the below letter to European Trade Commissioner De Gucht.

The Transnational Institute at Voedsel Anders

March 2014
Report

TNI was there, when Wageningen University witnessed the dynamism of the modern food movement, at a two day conference that shared views on farming, research, advocacy and activism, and a commitment to transforming our food and agriculture systems

The Tragedy of The Private, The Potential of The Public

March 2014
Report

From South Africa to Brazil, from Italy to the US, in Uruguay, Greece, Norway, the UK and in many other countries, municipal councils are taking services back under public control. Public Service workers and their fellow community members are not only defending public services but are also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to the people's needs and desires.

On the Issue of Nuclear Terrorism

March 2014
Paper

It is time for a closer look at the self-serving claim by nuclear weapons states that one of the greatest dangers is that of nuclear weapons being built or falling into the hands of ‘terrorist groups’.

Cocaine: towards a self-regulation model

Grazia Zuffa
March 2014
Briefing - Drug Law Reform Series Nr 24

By taking cues from users’ self-regulation strategies, it is possible to design innovative operational models for drug services as well as drug policies, strengthening Harm Reduction as an alternative approach to the disease model.

The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibition

Dave Bewley-Taylor
March 2014

Cannabis was condemned by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs as a psychoactive drug with “particularly dangerous properties” and hardly any therapeutic value. Ever since, an increasing number of countries have shown discomfort with the treaty regime’s strictures through soft defections, stretching its legal flexibility to sometimes questionable limits.

Profiting from Crisis

Pia Eberhardt
March 2014
Report

Corporations, backed by lawyers, use international investment agreements to scavenge for profits by suing Europe’s crisis countries. While speculators making risky investments are protected, ordinary people have no such protection and – through harsh austerity policies – are being stripped of basic social rights.

No fracking way

et al.
March 2014
Briefing

A briefing that explores how a trade agreement currently being negotiated between the US and the EU could open the way to multi-billion euro lawsuits from companies wanting to expand “fracking” for shale gas and oil.