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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.

  2. China-EU negotiations on investment

    Roeline Knottnerus, Zhe Li
    25 November 2013
    Article

    China and the EU are preparing to launch negotiations for a bilateral investment agreement at the next EU-China Summit this November. The proposed agreement would replace existing bilateral investment treaties between EU member states and China. This is the moment to develop a more balanced international investment framework that would protect the sovereign power of both parties.

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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.

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    Under TPPA warning labels can attract billion-dollar suits

    Alyaa Azhar
    07 November 2013
    In the media

    This is based on the experience faced by Uruguay and Australia which were sued billions of dollars by international tobacco company Philip Morris.

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    Why sign an agreement allowing foreigners to sue, foreigners to adjudicate?

    Eileen Ng
    07 November 2013
    In the media

    International trade and law experts have urged Putrajaya to scrap the Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) provision in the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), which Malaysia is supposed to sign.

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    TPPA arbitration a ‘ticking time bomb’ for taxpayers, trade and law experts warn

    Melissa Chi
    07 November 2013
    In the media

    The financial fallout facing taxpayers that could hit Malaysia in a potential trade dispute with foreign investors far outweigh the economic benefits posed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), three international trade and law experts cautioned today.

  7. 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."

  9. 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).

         
  10. 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.

  11. 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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    Emile Roemer in Brazilië (slot): Tussenstop in Venezuela

    19 August 2013
    In the media

    Edgardo Lander heeft als Venezolaanse onderzoeker die verbonden is aan het Transnational Institute in Amsterdam de afgelopen tientallen jaren campagne gevoerd tegen de door de VS gepromote vrijhandelsverdragen.

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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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    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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    Treaty Disputes Roiled by Bias Charges

    Andrew Martin
    10 June 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. The right to say no

    • Cecilia Olivet, Timothé Feodoroff, Pia Eberhardt, Emma Lui, Stuart Trew
    13 May 2013
    Policy briefing

    As European Union (EU) member states consider the implications of environmentally risky shale gas development (fracking), negotiations are underway for a controversial EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which would grant investors the right to challenge governments’ decision to ban and regulate fracking.

  19. Latin America and Caribbean governments meeting on investment regime

    Cecilia Olivet
    08 May 2013
    Article

    On 22 April, government representatives from Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, St. Vincent and Grenadine, Venezuela, Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico met in Guayaquil (Ecuador) for the 1st Ministerial Meeting of the Latin American States affected by transnational interests.

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