Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) are intended to regulate the commercial investment relationships between two countries. These are supposed to facilitate trade and investment by providing security for investments. However, it is common practice for BITS to establish ISDS mechanisms that allow for transnational companies to sue the states in which they operate based on a very broad interpretation of damage to investments. This has led to a surge in litigations against states and prompted a growing number of governments to seek to cancel or amend existing BITs.
The Fair Green and Global (FGG) alliance is an alliance of six civil society organisations. Both ENDS is the lead agency, and other member organisations are: ActionAid, Clean Clothes Campaign, Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands), SOMO and Transnational Institute.
Stop Wapenhandel is an independent research and campaign organisation against arms trade and arms production. We unravels facts and figures and share our findings with activists, journalists, public and politicians. We campaign against arms export to poor countries, undemocratic regimes and countries in conflict areas. But also against the financing of arms trade and arms industry by...
The Platform is meant to be a support instrument for specific mobilization campaignes promoted by Movements, Comittees, NGOs and Associations that are engaged in fighting water grabbing phenomena and the alienation of human right to potable water and to health services.
The South Solidarity Initiative (SSI), set up in April 2013, is a knowledge-activist hub currently hosted by ActionAid India. The SSI aims to encourage critical debate and policy intervention on international issues related to India, be in solidarity with social movements and progressive actors in the south and push for alternatives that articulate a new internationalism.
Tax Justice NL is een netwerk van negen Nederlandse maatschappelijke organisaties: Oxfam Novib, Oikos, SOMO, Cordaid, Both Ends, Max van der Stoel Foundation, Transnational Institute, Action Aid en ICCO Coöperatie....
AEPF is an interregional network of progressive civil society organisations across Asia and Europe. For the past fourteen years, AEPF has remained the only continuing network linking Asian and European NGOs and social movements. It has assumed the unique function of fostering people's solidarity across the two regions and has become a vehicle for advancing the people's voice within Asia...
The European Progessive Economists Network brings together groups of economists and other researchers, institutes and civil-society coalitions who are critical of the dominant economic and social policies that have brought Europe to the current crisis. We seek to promote a European wide debate on policy alternatives
Pietje Vervest, Timothé Feodoroff, Giorgina Garibotto et al.
06 March 2014
A briefing that explores how a trade agreement currently being negotiated between the US and the EU could open the way to multi-billion euro lawsuits from companies wanting to expand “fracking” for shale gas and oil.
This sequel to the “Tailored for Sharks” report delves deeper into the role the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its legal system play in the corporate architecture that benefits and protects interests of Transnational Corporations (TNCs); details concrete examples of TNCs behind trade disputes; and presents the post-Bali corporate roadmap.
The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia is a powerful example of how investment agreements are used by companies to get exemptions from government regulations and legislation, undermining democracy and development.
The BRICS have played an important role at moments in slowing down neoliberal trade policy, but do not depart from a global trade model that has yielded great profits for a few major transnational companies and witnessed a race to the bottom in term of wages, working conditions, and environmental protection.
India's foreign policy strategy is driven by a desire to become a major world power and bolstered by the interests of its corporations seeking new markets, but it has come at a cost of deepseated poverty, internal conflicts and repression of social movements.
South Africa under the ANC and its alliance with the BRICS promised a more moral, democratic vision of global governance, but in practice its foreign policy has been too often swayed by narrow commercial interests and short-term growth.
In March 2014 the European Commission received the negotiation mandate from the EU member States to start negotiating an Investment treaty with Myanmar. But what do BITS mean in practice? Is it in the best interest of the Myanmar public?
As former coordinator of the Seattle to Brussels Network, Bruno was involved in the ATM process from its very beginning. He highlights the key aspects of the alternatives promoted by the ATM Alliance, and emphazises the democratic control as a central issue of our campaign.