• Lawyers subverting the public interest

    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.
  • Trading away Democracy

    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.
  • Licensed to Grab

    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.
  • Socialising Losses, Privatising Gains

    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.
  • Profiting from injustice

    A small club of international law firms, arbitrators and financial speculators are fuelling an investment arbitration boom that is costing taxpayers billions of dollars and preventing legislation in the public interest.

Part of the Economic Justice, Corporate Power and Alternatives Programme, TNI’s Trade & Investment Justice project plays a critical role in challenging the European Union’s 'free' trade and investment policies. Read more about the project.

Articles

For a Citizen’s Trade Agenda

'This is a fight we can win' says Susan George as she delivered the opening speech during the GUE/NLG meeting against TTIP.

The Canada-EU Trade Deal Could Unleash a Corporate Litigation Boom

A new Canada-EU trade deal, called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), could expose Canada and Europe to a wave of corporate lawsuits that would restrict governments’ power to regulate in the public interest—including in confronting climate change.

EU-Japan FTA - open Letter to Commissioner Karel de Gucht

In an open letter Japanese & European groups call for transparency in the EU-Japan trade talks and removing the Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) from the Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
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Publications

TTIP Why the Rest of the World should Beware

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?

International Investment Agreements Under Scrutiny

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.  

Law’s Empire of Austerity

Ioannis Glinavos
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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Events

June 2015

Trade is war: lecture and interview with Yash Tandon

The currently negotiated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the US and the EU (TTIP) is higly controversial and has ignited the public debate about the costs and benefits of globalisation to society at large. In the Netherlands, concerns are raised on transparency, the growing power of big companies and the consequences for the environment. The TTIP debate is hot! But how should we view TTIP in the bigger picture around global free trade, the relation between the North and the South and the geopolitical dynamics behind free trade agreements?
April 2015

The big debate on the big free trade agreement between the EU and the US

For over two years now, the US and the European Union are negotiating a new free trade agreement (TTIP). What is discussed exactly, we don’t know; the negotiations are held in secret. But what are the consequences for the Netherlands, for European employees and for the environment? Big companies really want this free trade agreement, but what’s in it for the rest of us? How rose-tinted is the bigger picture? Or how bleak? Come to the BIG TTIP debate on the 17th of April and know it all!
March 2015

ISDS beyond TTIP: EU reforms and impacts on the Global South

The negotiation of an EU-US free trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has put the spotlight on a highly controversial way foreign investors can sue governments around the world for damaged profits: Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). While the public debate focuses on the inclusion of ISDS in TTIP, the problems of ISDS go far beyond the current trade talks with the US.
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News

Libre-échange: Bruxelles tente de déminer l'accord avec les Etats-Unis

8 May 2015
La commissaire européenne a présenté une version « améliorée » du point le plus controversé des négociations sur un futur accord de libre-échange avec les États-Unis: le mécanisme d'arbitrage entre État et investisseur. Certains y voient une entreprise d'« enfumage ». D'autres, à commencer par Paris, « une première étape » vers un compromis acceptable. Le moment est crucial.

Gooit TTIP ons water te grabbel?

21 April 2015
Europa en de VS zijn deze week in gesprek over het TTIP-verdrag. Wat betekenen dergelijke handelsverdragen voor Europees water?

Waarover gaat het grote #TTIPdebat?

17 April 2015
Vanavond is er een publieksdebat over vragen als: Gaat TTIP ons economische groei en meer banen opleveren? En: is TTIP een bedreiging voor onze democratie?
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