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    CSO Statement on Myanmar investment treaties

    25 June 2014
    Declaration

    There is great concern among Myanmar CSOs that signing investment treaties at this moment in time will freeze further democratic development.

  2. John Cavanagh

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    Associate

    John Cavanagh has been Director of IPS since 1998 and a founding fellow of TNI.  He worked as an international economist for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (1978-1981) and the World Health Organization (1981-1982). ...

  3. Myriam vander Stichele

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    Associate

    Associate Myriam Vander Stichele has been monitoring international trade negotiations and agreements since 1990, both at a regional and global level. She is an advisor to many NGOs whose indepth research on investment agreements and policies, and private investor strategies has sparked many international campaigns....

  4. Marcos Arruda

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    Associate

    Arruda is an economist and veteran popular educator, who has worked closely with Brazilian labour, co-operatives and solidarity economy movements for many years. Arruda has served as an advisor to local governments and as visiting professor in universities in Brazil and abroad. He is a facilitator for the Gaia Education Program and is active in the Ecovillage and the Transition Towns movements....

  5. Joel Rocamora

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    Associate

    Former Co-Director of TNI, Joel Rocamora has been working for several decades on issues of democracy, governance, and social movements within the Philippines....

  6. Walden Bello

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    Associate

    Author of more than 14 books, Bello was awarded the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in 2003 for "... outstanding efforts in educating civil society about the effects of corporate globalisation, and how alternatives to it can be implemented." Bello has been described by the Economist as the man “who popularised a new term: deglobalisation.”...

  7. Pietje Vervest

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    Programmes Director

    Pietje Vervest is an economic anthropologist. She has specialised in the European Union's trade and investment agenda and in the international investment regime. At TNI she coordinates the Economic Justice Programme and the Myanmar in Focus Programme, is part of the Coordination Group of the Seattle to Brussels network and is the European anchor of the Asia-Europe People's Forum.  

  8. Howard Wachtel

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    Associate

    Howard Wachtel is a former TNI fellow and an expert on the financialisation of the global economy who foresaw the financial crisis long before it struck in autumn 2008. His book in 2003 Street of Dreams. Boulevard of Broken Hearts: Wall Street's First Century (London: Pluto Press) is a widely respected history of the infamous New York street.  Howard was the first co-ordinator of TNI's...

  9. Luciana Ghiotto

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    Associate Researcher

    Luciana Ghiotto is an associate researcher with the Transnational Institute (TNI) and specialises on trade and investment. She is a researcher in CONICET-Argentina, and Professor of International Political Economy at Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM). Ms Ghiotto is also a member of ATTAC Argentina and coordinator of the Assembly Argentina Better Without Free Trade Agreements.

  10. Bettina Müller

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    Associate Researcher

    Bettina Müller is an associate researcher with the Transnational Institute (TNI) and specialises on the trade and investment regime in Latin America and the Carribbean. Bettina is a political sciences graduate and holds a master's degree in international relations and political sciences at Sciences Po Paris and Freie Universität Berlin. She is currently living in Berli, where she works at the...

  11. Lucía Bárcena

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    Project Officer

    Lucia Barcena joined TNI in March 2019. She is a Spanish-Mexican who has specialized in trade and investment policies and in monitoring and evaluation. She holds a Masters Degree in International Cooperation for Development from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Before joining TNI she worked as the trade campaigner for Ecologistas en Accion in Spain. Also, she has worked as an...

  12. Tax Justice Network

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    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....

  13. Niels Jongerius

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    Dutch Outreach Officer

    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.

  14. Manuel Perez Rocha

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha

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    Associate

    Manuel Perez Rocha is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, and regular contributor to TNI's Alternative Regionalisms programme who has been associated with TNI since 1996 when he began work on EU-Latin America relations.

  15. Dot Keet

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    Associate Fellow

    Dot Keet was a South African academic and activist involved in many national, African and international networks resisting corporate "free trade" agreements.  She was an active member of the national South African Trade Strategy Group (TSG) and the Southern African Peoples Solidarity Network (SAPSN), the key coordinator of the Southern African Social Forum (SASF); as well as the continent...

  16. Cecilia Olivet

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    Project Coordinator Trade & Investment

    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...

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    TTIP

    01 January 2016
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    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free trade agreement, in negotiation, between the United States and the European Union. Its proponents claim that the agreement will benefit consumers with lower prices, increased competition and more jobs.
    However, very little of the TTIP deals with trade; the vast majority of the agreement relates to government regulations and will therefore have huge implications in matters such as food sovereignty, digital rights and the environment. It will limit the capacity of governments and local groups to regulate and increase the capacity of transnational corporations to act with impunity. TNI’s focus for TTIP and other free trade agreements is on the investment chapter, and particularly the problems caused by Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms that allow corporations to sue governments for actions that affect their profits.

  18. CAITISA Report

    Ecuadorian Citizens Commission on Investment Protection (CAITISA)

    20 May 2017
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    The Ecuadorian Citizens’ Commission for a Comprehensive Audit of Investment Protection Treaties and of the International Arbitration System on Investments (CAITISA) was set up by the Ecuadorian goverment to audit the country's investment treaties and make recommendations to the government. 

    The commission was comprised of government officials, academics, lawyers and civil society groups, including the foremost expert on investment law, Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah and the former Attorney General for Argentina, Osvaldo Guglielmino. Our own TNI researcher Cecilia Olivet was nominated president.  

    In May 2017, the Commission's report was published and its recommendations to terminate the country's Bilateral Investment Treaties accepted by the government.

  19. Investment protection

    01 January 2016
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    Investment protection mechanisms give corporations the right to sue states if they take any measures – including public interest legislation – that might threaten profits. Wellknown versions of this is the Investor state-dispute mechanism (ISDS) which after rising controversy and critisism has been replaced by the Investment court system (ICS). Investment protection mechanisms are included in most new FTAs. Nevertheless, several governments are starting to reconsider their commitments to it as they recognize the danger that it poses to their sovereignty. TNI has produced extensive research highlighting how investment protection gives corporations far-reaching rights that curtail governments’ sovereignty and drain limited public budgets. It has also revealed the big stakes the legal industry has in these mechanisms.

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    After South Africa, Indonesia takes a brave decision to terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaty with the Netherlands

    24 March 2014
    Press release

    Last week, the Indonesian government announced that it will terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with the Netherlands. With this move, Indonesia joins the growing number of countries concerned about the excessive corporate rights enshrined in investment agreements. Indonesia’s decision should be followed up with a broad debate on the need to review the increasingly controversial current investment protection framework, both in Indonesia and in the Netherlands, say Dutch and Indonesian civil society organisations IGJ, Both ENDS, SOMO and TNI.

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