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  1. Bilateral Investment Treaties: Public interest, social and environmental policies under threat

    14 April 2011

    Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) erode the ability of governments to act in the best interests of their citizens by allowing foreign investors to sue sovereign states when governments' social, environmental and economic regulations have affected their profits. TNI, as part of the Seattle to Brussels network, is campaigning for a Just EU Investment policy that puts corporate accountability and human rights above corporate profits!

  2. 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]

  3. 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.

     
  4. About Trade & Investment

    06 July 2009

    TNI’s Trade & Investment project opposes the European Union’s corporate-driven trade and investment policies by providing well-researched analysis on its social and ecological impacts, supporting the development of popular campaigns and proposing alternative policies that prioritise people’s rights over corporate profits.

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    Who Controls EU Trade and Investment?

    Olivier Hoedeman
    01 September 2002
    Article
  6. European Parliament resolution on international investment not strong enough

    Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B)
    07 April 2011
    Article

    Statement by the Seattle to Brussels network about the resolution of the European Parliament on international investment.

  7. Putting a spotlight on the arbitration industry

    Cecilia Olivet
    29 November 2012
    Article

    Profiting from Injustice report reveals that the legal arbitration industry have strong vested interests in supporting an unjust international investment regime.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Civil society call for full transparency about the EU-US trade negotiations

    14 March 2014
    Article

    Civil society organisations are writing to express deep concerns about the lack of transparency around the ongoing trade talks on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). They call on The European Commission to open the negotiation process to the public, by releasing the negotiating mandate, documents submitted by the EU, and negotiating texts.

  12. Committing geocide: climate change and corporate capture

    Susan George
    22 September 2016
    Article

    Geocide is the collective action of a single species among millions of other species which is changing planet Earth to the point that it can become unrecognisable and unfit for life. But we still have a chance;  human beings can overcome even threats as terrifying as geocide, says Susan George.

  13. Investment arbitrators' inner circle

    29 November 2012
    Article

    Interactive web showing the number of times the elite 15 arbitrators have sat side by side in investment arbitration panels.

     
  14. Week of Action on Investment

    13 December 2011
    Article

    In November 2011, Brussels was the stage for a 'Week of Action' which looked to expose the threat of Bilateral Investment Treaties to democratic governance and public interest and to advocate for an Alternative Investment Regime. 

  15. EU-Japan FTA - open Letter to Commissioner Karel de Gucht

    Satoko Kishimoto
    19 October 2014
    Article

    In an open letter Japanese & European groups call for transparency in the EU-Japan trade talks and removing the Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) from the Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

  16. Obama’s Trip to India: Don’t Rush into a Bilateral Investment Treaty

    Sarah Anderson
    28 October 2010
    Article

    The U.S. and India should not sign a treaty that will only serve the short-term interests of large corporations, and undermine the authority of governments to protect their people from financial crisis.

  17. The implications of international investment treaties

    29 November 2011
    Article

    Gus Van Harten discusses specific cases of investor-to-state arbitration to highlight what are the key problems with international investment treaties. How developing countries are being impacted by investment disputes and what the role is of lawyers and experts in promoting a growing international arbitration industry.

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    Global campaign against anti-democratic investment rules

    13 January 2008
    Article
    Bolivia is being sued by Telecom Italia in a secretive World Bank tribunal, ICSID, even though the Andean nation withdrew from the tribunal in May 2007.
  19. NAFTA’s 20 Years of Unfulfilled Promises

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    07 January 2014
    Article

    Twenty years after it took effect, NAFTA has failed the vast majority of Mexicans.

  20. EU's note is a lobby document and not objective or complete

    20 January 2014
    Article

    Seattle to Brussesls analysis: The European Commission’s note on “Investment Provisions in the EU-Canada free trade agreement ’’ is a lobby document, not an objective and complete presentation on the issue At the end of 2013 the European Commission produced a note presenting and explaining the “Investment Provisions in the EU-Canada free trade agreement” (CETA).

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