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    Legalised Profiteering?

    03 November 2011
    Policy briefing

    The secretive and lucrative world of international investment arbitration has enriched a small coterie of multi-billion dollar international firms, which actively promote and even help finance litigations against states and have fought fiercely to prevent changes to an unjust international investment regime.

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    Change EU investment policy - now is the time!

    • Seattle-to-Brussels network (S2B)
    31 January 2011
    Policy briefing

    Bilateral investment treaties (BITs) allow transnational corporations to by-pass domestic courts and sue sovereign states - costing tax payers millions in legal expenses and preventing governments from acting in the best interests of their citizens.

  3. The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia

    • Hilde van der Pas, Riza Damanik
    12 November 2014
    Policy briefing

    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.

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    Dangerous Weapons

    29 June 2012
    Report

    Across the world, citizens and social movements are mounting strong and effective campaigns to fight the environmental and social abuses of transnational corporations.

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    Video: The Dark Side of Investment Agreements

    Cecilia Olivet
    30 May 2012
    Multi-media

    An animation which exposes how people are paying the costs of corporate lawsuits under international investment agreements.

       
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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.
  7. Discover the dark side of Investment

    27 June 2012
    Article

    Introduction to the international investment regime, including key facts, links to useful resources and ideas for action.

  8. Responding to Land Grabbing and Promoting Responsible Investment in Agriculture

    Harold Liversage
    15 June 2010
    Article

    Harold Liversage, the Land Tenure Adviser for the International Fund for Agricultural Development argues that responsible investment in agriculture is possible if voluntary guidelines are backed up by an empowered civil society.

  9. The Dark Side of Investment Agreements

    Cecilia Olivet
    16 December 2011
    Article

    Signing international investment treaties, in the hope of attracting foreign investments, has been a central strategy for governments looking to improve economic development. The less known side of this story is that by signing investment treaties, governments are giving away the sovereign right to regulate in the interest of people and the environment. They also expose themselves to the risk of spending millions in law suits that could have been used to serve public needs. It’s time that the dark side of investment is put under the spotlight.

  10. 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. 

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. ASEAN Regional Forum on Investment (21-22 September, Manila)

    22 September 2011
    Article

    Between 20 and 21 September 2011, 40 ASEAN campaigners and experts met in Manila to share knowledge and experiences, articulate common strategies and discuss alternatives to the current investment regime. 

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    Social movements Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty Against Corporate-led Trade

    08 June 2015
    Press release

    A broad coalition of social movements from Latin America and Europe organise three days of mobilisation (8-10 June) in Brussels and Strasbourg to mark the EU-CELAC Summit (10-11 June)

  15. Mining for El Salvador's Gold... In Washington

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    19 August 2010
    Article

    An international tribunal gives the green light to a lawsuit brought by two companies attempting to overcome strong public and government resistance to their destructive gold mining.

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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.

  17. 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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    The story of a Dutch letterbox which could cost Bolivia a fortune

    Oliver Shykles
    18 February 2008
    Article
    Telecom Italia's case against Bolivia at a secretive World Bank tribunal, ICSID, heralds an increasingly pro-corporate approach against southern countries under the aegis of the EU's Global Europe project.
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    Petition protesting Telecom Italia's case against Bolivia at World Bank tribunal, ICSID

    21 March 2008
    Article

    The letter below and updated petition was delivered on 20 March 2008 to World Bank President Zoellick and ICSID General Secretary Ana Palacio and to contacts for ETI and their lawyers, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, World Bank external affairs, and the ICSID secretariat. For background information see Global campaign against anti-democratic investment rules


    Robert B.

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    International civil society organisations protest Telecom Italia’s new attacks and confiscatory measures against Bolivia

    Press Release
    15 May 2008
    Article
    Civil society organisations meeting in the People’s Social Summit in Lima denounce the recent decision of ETI and Telecom Italia this month to demand that the New York State Court freeze the accounts of the National Telecommunications Company (ENTEL) as part of a strategy of aggression against the government of Bolivia.

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