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  1. No need for ISDS

    Cecilia Olivet
    05 November 2015
    Multi-media
  2. 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.

  3. The complex law suits that cost poor countries dearly

    Melanie Newman
    28 November 2012
    In the media
  4. 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]

  5. Leaked documents show five EU Member States attempting to institutionalise ISDS throughout Europe

    Niels Jongerius
    19 May 2016
    Press release

    In an astonishing move which ignores the opinion of millions of citizens who oppose ISDS, the governments of Austria, France, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands (AFFGN) have made a sly attempt to institutionalise ISDS throughout the European Union. According to a leaked non-paper, on the 7th April representatives of these five nations made a proposal to the EU Council’s Trade Policy Committee which would in effect create a plurilateral treaty based on foreign investment protection within the EU. A move which was suspiciously followed by publication of a similar proposal on Business Europe’s website in what appears to have been a coordinated action.

  6. S2B refutes European Commission’s defense of controversial investor-to-state dispute settlement

    20 January 2014
    Article

    The European Commission recently issued two papers to address growing concerns among civil society and the wider general public over inclusion of the increasingly controversial investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Protection agreement (TTIP). The Seattle to Brussels Network responds to the arguments and the Commission’s proposals to amend the flaws in the ISDS system.

  7. Legal statement on investment protection in TTIP and CETA

    17 October 2016
    Article

    Investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms are perhaps the most contentious aspects of TTIP and CETA. These mechanisms provide foreign investors with the right to sue the EU or its Member States in private tribunals over potential losses in profit due to current or new public welfare regulations.

  8. New report shows lawyers win in free trade battles - Greens

    27 November 2012
    In the media

    A new report on how the legal industry is exploiting investment state disputes clauses in trade agreements shows why New Zealand must refuse to sign any trade agreement that includes these provisions.

  9. European Citizens' Initiative demands: Stop negotiations for TTIP and CETA

    15 July 2014
    Press release

    European Citizens' Initiative demands: Stop negotiations for TTIP and CETA ECI-Registration 15 July 2015 – criticism: insufficient democratic participation and weakening of standards

  10. Verdeelde reacties op vernieuwde investeringsbescherming in TTIP

    17 September 2015
    In the media

    One World - De ISDS-clausule waardoor bedrijven overheden kunnen aanklagen als ze hun belangen geschaad zien, is een van de meest controversiële onderdelen van het vrijhandelsverdrag TTIP waar de Europese Unie op dit moment over onderhandelt met de Verenigde Staten.

  11. Keep the Farm TTIP- and CETA-free!

    • Guus Geurts
    19 January 2017
    Report

    In both TTIP and CETA food, agriculture, animal husbandry and horticulture play a major role and the prospects for European farmers and consumers are not good. TTIP negotiators are discussing abolishing or lowering import tariffs for agricultural products and the mutual recognition of each others’ standards relating to environment, animal welfare, food safety and labour rights is on the agenda.

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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.

  13. Lawyers subverting the public interest

    • Cecilia Olivet, Pietje Vervest, Pia Eberhardt, Fabian Flues
    15 April 2015
    Policy briefing

    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.

  14. New report reveals how the EU-US trade deal risks expanding fracking

    06 March 2014
    Press release

    A trade deal between the EU and the US risks opening the backdoor for the expansion of fracking in Europe and the US, reveals a new report released today (Thursday, March 6) [1].

  15. How the Dutch could derail CETA

    Niels Jongerius
    11 August 2016
    Opinion

    As thousands discuss free trade at the World Social Forum in Montreal, Canada’s experience with NAFTA may offer lessons for the Netherlands.

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    Waarom kankerverwekkende stoffen straks weer in onze voeding terechtkomen

    Vera Klandermans
    02 April 2015
    In the media

    Libelle Daily - 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…

  17. Taxes on trial

    • Claire Provost
    15 February 2016
    Paper

    Demands for tax justice have resounded worldwide, with growing anger at the tax practices of corporations such as Google and Starbucks. Yet trade and investment agreements are already constraining the ability of governments to impose fair tax deals and with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) this could become worse.

  18. Local politics enters the global contest

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    19 May 2016
    Article

    European municipalities join the battle against TTIP to protect sovereignty and public services, demonstrating how to take political initiative and build an alternative economy

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