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  1. Trade: time for a new vision

    26 November 2013
    Report

    For fairer and more democratic societies, people need to claim control over the EU’s trade and investment policy processes. We need to change EU’s trade and investment policies and the way in which decisions are made.

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    How neutral are the arbitrators in TPPA disputes?

    Cecilia Olivet
    12 November 2013
    Multi-media

    Olivet questions the investor-state dispute settlement chapter in the TPPA which allows for disputes to be adjudicated by a small number of individuals in privatised international courts.

  3. Ditch treaties that bite

    Fiona Dove, Ronald Gijsbertsen, Danielle Hirsch
    06 November 2013
    Article

    South Africa is moving away from international investment treaties towards a new framework for investment protection based on domestic law. Contrary to some opinions, there are cogent arguments in favour of this approach.

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    Vrijhandelsakkoorden stellen belang bedrijfsleven boven dat van burgers

    23 October 2013
    In the media

    Op 18 oktober hebben de Europese Unie en Canada tot verrassing van velen een vrijhandelsakkoord ondertekend. Een soortgelijk akkoord tussen de EU en de VS is in de maak. Volgens het onlangs verschenen rapport 'Profiting from injustice', is er de laatste twee decennia sprake van "de stille opkomst van een machtig investeringsregime dat honderden landen heeft verstrikt in een systeem dat bedrijfswinsten boven mensenrechten en het milieu stelt."

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    Une déclaration transatlantique des droits des multinationales

    15 October 2013
    In the media

    Les Dessous de Bruxelles publient la traduction française de l’excellent rapport rédigé par le réseau Seattle to Brussels, Corporate Europe Observatory et Transnational Institute sur les dangers de l’accord de libre-échange et d’investissement entre l’Union européenne et les Etats-Unis. La traduction a été réalisée par les auteurs. La version originale du texte est disponible sur le site du CEO et la version PDF du texte en français disponible ici.

  6. The Lobbyists' Charter

    11 October 2013
    Article
     

    A list of the granted powers to industry lobyists, practically restricting democratic decision-making now and in the future through the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

         
  7. Nuclear Phase-Out put to the test

    • Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Rhea Tamara Hoffmann
    08 October 2013
    Policy briefing

    Swedish energy company Vattenfall filed request for arbitration at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), after Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear energy.

  8. EU-US trade deal will lead to a race to the bottom where only big business wins, warns new report

    04 October 2013
    Press release

    A report by the Seattle to Brussels Network demystifies the alleged economic benefits of the deal and exposes how it could harm people, the environment and the economy on both sides of the Atlantic.

  9. A Brave New Transatlantic Partnership

    04 October 2013
    Report

    A report by the Seattle to Brussels Network demystifies the alleged economic benefits of the deal and exposes how it could harm people, the environment and the economy on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    EU-US trade deal to include 'corporate bill of rights'

    26 September 2013
    In the media

    Controversial rights for multinational corporations to sue states, likely to be included in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are causing a political headache for EU and US negotiators, but may also set a precedent for future trade agreements, notably with China.

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    Expertmeeting investeringsverdragen

    02 October 2013 - Event
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    Trade deal branded 'rule for the corporation by the corporation'

    05 September 2013
    In the media

    Susan George chairs the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She says the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement could give powerful companies the right to challenge domestic laws which restrict their future profits.

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    Raft of lawsuits a clear warning against TPPA, says DAP MP

    16 August 2013
    In the media

    The hundreds of cases of legal action brought by private corporations against sovereign nations clearly show what is in store for Malaysia if it ratifies the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), according to Klang MP Charles Santiago today.

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    How the U.S.-EU Trade Deal would Grant Sweeping Corporate Privileges

    14 July 2013
    In the media

    The Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) is in trouble. Report after report has indicated that the massive U.S.-EU deal is on shaky ground now that the NSA spying scandal has fueled European privacy concerns and botched the hopes of U.S. telecommunications firms to use the deal to downsize data privacy protections.

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    UBS-Vivendi Tie Ignored as Bias Charges Roil Treaty Disputes

    Andrew Martin
    10 July 2013
    In the media

    When Swiss law professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler joined the board of UBS AG, she was sitting on international tribunals judging whether Vivendi Universal SA and another company whose shares UBS held were entitled to damages from Argentina in investment disputes.

  16. Leaked mandate for EU-US free trade deal opens floodgate to multi-million Euro lawsuits by corporations

    05 June 2013
    Press release

    The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US will open the floodgate to multi-million Euro lawsuits from corporations challenging democratic policies to protect the environment and public health, argues a new briefing by Corporate Europe Observatory and the Transnational Institute.

  17. A transatlantic corporate bill of rights

    03 June 2013
    Policy briefing

    This briefing analyses leaked proposals for so-called investor-state dispute settlement under the proposed EU-US deal and reveals a determined lobby campaign from industry lobby groups and law firms to grant unprecedented rights to corporations to sue governments for legislation and regulations that interfere with their profits.

  18. Arbitrators’ Role in the Recent Investment Arbitration Boom

    Cecilia Olivet, Pia Eberhardt
    27 March 2013
    Article

    In the 2012 report Profiting from Injustice, jointly published by Corporate Europe Observatory and the Transnational Institute, we boldly asserted that law firms, arbitrators and third-party funders have, over the past two decades, helped maintain an investor-biased arbitration system and have fuelled the rise in investor-state disputes.[1]

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