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  1. 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]

  2. 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.

  3. The EU trade and Investment Agenda: quashing the aspirations of the Arab Spring?

    • Roeline Knottnerus
    26 March 2013
    Paper

    The EU's launch of negotiations for Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (DCFTAs) with four Arab countries in transition – Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia - looks set to entrench an economic model that was one of the root causes of the Arab Spring.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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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.

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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."

  9. 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.

  10. Beginners Guide to Trade

    • Cecilia Olivet, Pietje Vervest, Giorgina Garibotto et al.
    01 February 2013
    Report

    This beginners' guide provides a critical perspective on EU’s trade and investment policies and the business interests they serve. TNI worked on the guide with a Europe-wide network of trade activists, belonging to the Seattle to Brussels network.

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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.

  12. 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).

         
  13. 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.

  14. Challenging the investment arbitration industry

    Cecilia Olivet, Pia Eberhardt
    12 February 2013
    Article

    During the CELAC-EU President Summit in Chile, some Latin American governments rejected the inclusion in the final declaration of the proposed EU wording in support of providing foreign investors legal certainty. To understand why, we need to look at the industry behind investment arbitration.

     
  15. A Response To The Critics Of “Profiting From Injustice”

    Cecilia Olivet, Pia Eberhardt
    04 January 2013
    Article

    Authors of TNI and Corporate European Observatory's Profiting from Injustice report answer the critiques  made by arbitrators and investment lawyers.

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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.

  17. Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties

    • Cecilia Olivet
    01 February 2013
    Policy briefing

    Corporations in Western Europe are suing Central and Eastern European countries at international arbitration tribunals through a vast web of intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). Yet while the European Commission has questioned the validity of these BITs, Netherlands, Germany, and the UK, oppose their termination.

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