• 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.
  • The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia

    The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia is a powerful example of how investment agreements are used by companies to get exemptions from government regulations and legislation, undermining democracy and development.
  • Profiting from Crisis

    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.

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

BRICS: A Global Trade Power in a Multipolar World

Joseph Purugganan, Afsar Jafri and Pablo Solon
The BRICS have played an important role at moments in slowing down neoliberal trade policy, but do not depart from a global trade model that has yielded great profits for a few major transnational companies and witnessed a race to the bottom in term of wages, working conditions, and environmental protection.

South Africa and the BRICS alliance

South Africa under the ANC and its alliance with the BRICS promised a more moral, democratic vision of global governance, but in practice its foreign policy has been too often swayed by narrow commercial interests and short-term growth.

India in the Emerging World Order

Deepshikha Shahi
India's foreign policy strategy is driven by a desire to become a major world power and bolstered by the interests of its corporations seeking new markets, but it has come at a cost of deepseated poverty, internal conflicts and repression of social movements.
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Events

April 2014

Het Europese Lijsttrekkersdebat

In de aanloop naar de Europese verkiezingen van 22 mei organiseert de Fair, Green & Global Alliantie een debat waarin verschillende Europese lijsttrekkers worden uitgedaagd deze vragen te beantwoorden.
March 2014

Untangling the Trade Talks

Join us for a panel debate on the likely impacts of the investment chapter of the proposed transatlantic trade deal (TTIP).
February 2014

Investment protection in TTIP: A threat to democracy and public interest?

The EU and the US aim to conclude their free trade agreement - TTIP (Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnership) this year, effectively creating the biggest trade block in the world.
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News

Corporations have rights. Now we need a global treaty on their responsibilities

21 January 2015
In a world of global trade, the only effective way to tackle the corporate abuse of human rights is a binding international law

Rights groups urge ASEAN to break silence on enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone

15 December 2014
On the second anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, rights groups firmly condemn the Lao government’s ongoing refusal to provide any information regarding Sombath’s fate or whereabouts.

Corporate Sovereignty's Chilling Effects

25 November 2014
As we've noted before, corporate sovereignty -- known more formally as investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) -- has emerged as the most contentious element of the transatlantic trade deal TAFTA/TTIP, currently being negotiated.
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