Hilde van der Pas joined the 'Economic Justice, Corporate Power and Alternatives' programme in July 2011. She has a BA degree in journalism and a MA in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.
Cecilia Olivet is a social scientist who specialises in the European Union's trade and investment agenda and the international investment regime. Cecilia is Uruguayan, has a BA degree in International Relations from Universidad de la República in Uruguay and an MA in International Politics and East Asia from Warwick University, UK. In 2005, she joined TNI where she is part of the Economic...
Niels Jongerius joined the 'Economic Justice, Corporate Power and Alternatives' programme in February 2016. He has a BA degree in International Relations from the University of Groningen. He worked in the European Parliament from 2009-2014. In 2015 he worked for the German Trade Union Federation in Berlin. He also studied and worked in Shanghai.
The United Kingdom is home to a particularly influential services industry lobby, which operates through an organisation called International Financial Services, London (IFSL). Two IFSL working groups, the Liberalisation of Trade in Services (LOTIS) Committee and the High-Level LOTIS Group, constitute a veritable corporate-state alliance.
The controversial General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) of the World Trade Organisation has generated major social concern about the implications for the equitable provision of basic public services.