• 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.
  • A TTIP Resolution for People, the Environment and Democ...

    For a TTIP resolution that puts people, the environment and democracy before short-term profit and disproportionate corporate rights. 375 civil society organisations from across Europe call on EU decision-makers to protect citizens, workers, and the environment from the threats it poses.
  • 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.

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

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.
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.
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News

Waarom kankerverwekkende stoffen straks weer in onze voeding terechtkomen

2 April 2015
Chloor in kip en giftige stoffen in onze mascara willen we natuurlijk niet, maar als straks de Europese Unie met TTIP (spreek uit als tietip) instemt, gaat dat wel gebeuren…

Nederland in de bres voor ‘onacceptabel’ onderdeel in handelsverdrag TTIP

6 March 2015
' Een onderzoek van ngo’s TNI en CEO uit 2012 en een nieuw onderzoek uitgevoerd door een scala aan ngo’s – waaronder TNI en SOMO – dat verscheen op 3 maart 2015 wijzen echter op het tegendeel. De onderzoekers schrijven dat multinationals veel macht krijgen door de mogelijkheid – peperdure – rechtszaken te voeren tegen landen. Beide rapporten wijzen op het gevaar van regulatory chill, wat inhoudt dat landen wetgeving versoepelen (‘chill’) om geen aanklacht in het kader van een ISDS-rechtzaak te krijgen. Gemiddeld kost zo’n rechtszaak acht miljoen dollar, en dat zijn enkel nog maar de kosten voor het voeren van de rechtszaak, daar komt een eventuele compensatie nog bovenop welke kan oplopen tot vele tientallen miljoenen. '   Read the full article (Dutch)

'Arbitragerechtspraak TTIP is een miljardenbusiness'

4 March 2015
Clausules in handelverdragen die buitenlandse bedrijven toegang geven tot een arbitragetribunaal vormen een serieuze bedreiging voor de democratie. Het handelsverdrag (TTIP) dat in de maak is tussen de Verenigde Staten en Europa moet afzien van zo’n bepaling, vindt de Canadese hoogleraar Gus Van Harten.
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