• 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.
  • 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.
  • Big Corporations, the Bali Package and Beyond

    This sequel to the “Tailored for Sharks” report delves deeper into the role the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its legal system play in the corporate architecture that benefits and protects interests of Transnational Corporations (TNCs); details concrete examples of TNCs behind trade disputes; and presents the post-Bali corporate roadmap. 
  • 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

Land grabbing under the Cover of Law

Tomaso Ferrando
The BRICS are following the pattern traditionally adopted by Northern countries of enclosing and exploiting land, both nationally and abroad, to benefit capital and global agro-industrialisation. They are also using law and diplomacy, notably Bilateral Investment Agreements, in order to facilitate access to foreign land, and foster their own economic interests.

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.

EU-Myanmar Bilateral Investment Treaty

In March 2014 the European Commission received the negotiation mandate from the EU member States to start negotiating an Investment treaty with Myanmar. But what do BITS mean in practice? Is it in the best interest of the Myanmar public?
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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

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.

The Canadian-EU trade agreement which could act as a Trojan horse for TTIP

19 November 2014
These are crucial days for TTIP. The US-EU trade deal, which would legally enforce the privatisation of the NHS, is facing extraordinary levels of public protest on both sides of the Atlantic. But while opponents focus on the battle at hand, a separate Canadian trade deal could allow TTIP's worst abuses by the backdoor.  
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