• 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.
  • 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

Open Letter to the Governments of EU-CELAC

Declaration of representatives of social organizations from Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean presented to the EU-CELAC summit leaders that met in Brussels on 10 and 11 June 2015.

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.
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Publications

Central and Eastern European countries at the crossroads

Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries find themselves at a crossroad regarding their investment protection policies with the US. This briefing provides evidence that shows that including investment arbitration in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will worsen the capacity for CEE governments to regulate.

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.  
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Events

June 2015

Studentendebat: Is TTIP gezond?

Debat over TTIP met o.a. Fred Teeven (VVD), Bas Eickhout (GroenLinks) en Agnes Jongerius (PvdA). Ook Nefarma, de brancheorganisatie van de farmaceutische bedrijven is aanwezig. Remco van de Pas en Erik Wesselius zullen deze zaken kritisch bespreken.
June 2015

Days of Mobilisation VS EU CELAC Summit

On the occasion of the EU-CELAC Summit, social movements from Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean organize a series of activities to expose the current conjuncture of the intensifying corporate-led trade and investment architecture between European and the Latin American and Caribbean countries and the deepening social resistance globally.
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?
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News

Social movements Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty Against Corporate-led Trade

8 June 2015
A broad coalition of social movements from Latin America and Europe organise three days of mobilisation (8-10 June) in Brussels and Strasbourg to mark the EU-CELAC Summit (10-11 June)

Arbitragerechtspraak blijft op tafel bij TTIP

28 May 2015
De Verenigde Staten en Europa gaan waarschijnlijk toch weer praten over arbitragerechtspraak tussen bedrijven, ondanks dat hier veel publieke weerstand tegen is. De Handelscommissie van het Europese Parlement is vandaag akkoord gegaan met de zogenoemde ISDS-bepalingen in het handelsverdrag met de Verenigde Staten, TTIP.

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.
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