Reports & Briefings

Lawyers subverting the public interest

Pia Eberhardt, Fabian Flues
April 2015
Briefing

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

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.

 

TTIP Why the Rest of the World should Beware

March 2015
Paper

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?

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

March 2015
Briefing

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

March 2015
Report

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

February 2015
Report

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
February 2015

The decision of the Myanmar Government to review drug laws 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
February 2015
Report

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

February 2015
Report

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

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.

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