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  1. The EU and the corporate impunity nexus

    • Mónica Vargas, Olivier Petitjean, Brid Brennan, Raffaele Morgantini, Juliette Renaud
    15 October 2018
    Report

    For decades, affected communities around the globe have been resisting the modus operandi of transnational corporations (TNCs) in their territories and workplaces and documenting systemic human rights violations and the track record of corporate impunity with their lives and their deaths. Corporate impunity is embedded in and protected by an ‘architecture of impunity’ that legitimises and legalises the operations of TNCs. This architecture has been established through free trade and investment agreements, the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the structural adjustment policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and other financial instruments and the aggressive push for public-private partnerships (PPPs). At the core of this architecture is the infamous investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system, a private arbitration system that allows TNCs to sue states whenever they consider that their future profits are threatened by new measures or policies aiming at improving social and environmental protection. Thus, it neutralises the function of the state, whose primary responsibility is to defend public  interest and protect the well-being of its citizens and the planet from corporate interests.

  2. Fatal blows to corporate power

    Gonzalo Berrón, Brid Brennan
    17 February 2017
    Article

    The fallout from the current phase of capitalism has become more manifest globally in 2016, provoking unexpected political responses. However, the people most severely impacted by the current economic crisis have largely chosen to support political figures and positions[i] contrary to those that have been elaborated for years by the alter-globalisation left, also known as the global justice movement.

  3. Historic Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT) Hearing on TNCs in Southern Africa

    Brid Brennan
    29 August 2016
    Article

    The historical first Permanent Peoples Tribunal Hearing in Southern Africa exposed the crimes of Transnational Corporations in the region and the growing peoples resistance.

  4. Recent Developments of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power

    Brid Brennan
    15 March 2016
    Multi-media

    Real World Radio has interviewed Brid Brennan to discuss recent works of the UN Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) in Geneva, including side events of acknowledgement for Berta Caceres, and the proposals provided by the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power (GCDCP) and future plans. 


  5. Reclaiming People’s Sovereignty in an era of Corporate Power

    Brid Brennan
    26 November 2014
    Article

    Despite the track record of systemic and systematic violations of the range of human rights, the efforts to establish legally binding obligations and an instrument of enforcement within the UN system have been defeated by determined corporate opposition. The current Guiding Principles developed by the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, John Ruggie, do not create "any new international legal obligations" and are therefore non-binding.

  6. El Salvador’s struggle against corporate impunity

    Brid Brennan, Diana Aguiar, Andrea Tognoni
    09 October 2014
    Article

    The controversial legal case that Canadian mining firm Pacific Rim has launched against El Salvador has added fuel to the growing international debate on the balance of corporate rights and responsibilities and the need for new legal international frameworks to address corporate impunity.

  7. Now is the time to call for a Binding Treaty

    Brid Brennan, Gonzalo Berrón
    18 June 2014
    Article

    Maxime Combes of Attac France interviews Gonzalo Berron and Brid Brennan on the eve of the debate at the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the need for a new legal framework to end corporate impunity.

  8. UN meeting provides historic opportunity to stop corporate impunity

    Brid Brennan
    13 June 2014
    Article

    Popular demands for a binding treaty on corporate human right violations will get an unprecedented hearing this month at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

  9. The State of Corporate Power

    Brid Brennan
    22 January 2014
    Article

    Transnational corporations, particularly gas & oil industry, and banking have continued to benefit extraordinarily from the ongoing economic and financial crisis, says Brid Brennan, who presents TNI's State of Power Report 2014 at the Public Eye Awards in Davos.

  10. States make historic call for UN to implement binding regulations on Transnational Corporations

    Brid Brennan
    18 September 2013
    Article

    Over 100 social movement and civil society organisations representing hundreds of thousands of workers, peasants, community groups and indigenous peoples have welcomed the historic call for binding obligations on Transnational corporations made by nine countries together with the African and Arab Groups of States.

  11. A Peoples Treaty proposal for Binding Obligations on TNCs highlighted in series of events

    Brid Brennan
    18 September 2013
    Article

    The call for a Peoples Treaty on Binding Obligations on Transnational Corporations has been highlighted internationally in a series of activities during the past weeks.

  12. Challenging corporate power

    Brid Brennan
    05 September 2013
    Article

    The International Call is out for a new regulatory regime that will end the impunity of Transnational Corporations (TNCs). This includes the demand for a World Court that will judge and sanction economic, political and ecological corporate crimes and ensure justice for affected communities and sectors. 

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    The crimes of large corporations

    Brid Brennan
    29 January 2013
    Multi-media

    Brid Brennan on the impunity of transnational corporations.

  14. Urgent need for binding obligations on Transnational Corporations raised at the UN

    Brid Brennan
    01 June 2011
    Article

    John Ruggie's proposed guidelines to the UN on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations fail to bring TNCs under any binding law, thefore enabling human rights and environmental crimes to continue with impunity.

  15. Latin America–Europe relations: Time for a new era

    Brid Brennan
    29 April 2010
    Article

    In response to the aggressive corporate-led trade agenda of the EU, social movements from Latin America and Europe are mounting an Alternative Peoples’ Summit, the Enlazando Alternativas 4, which takes place from May 14-17 in Madrid.

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    Perspectives on regional integration

    Brid Brennan
    05 February 2010
    Article

    The current paradigmatic crisis needs to be dealt with at the regional level. In this respect, Latin American movements have already mobilised and placed different models of development and integration at the centre of their struggle. However, the European Union model, whereby integration is geared towards the interests of transnational corporations, should be avoided.

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    European Union and Transnational Corporations

    • Brid Brennan, Jesús Carrión, Erika Gonzalez, Pedro Ramiro, Juan Hernández Zubizarreta, Tom Kucharz, Francesco Martone
    16 November 2009
    Report

    Extensive documentation of the operations of the European transnational corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean and their systematic abuses of human rights is brought to the attention of European policy makers in the European Parliament Hearing held in Brussels on November 18, 2009.

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    Profit Before People and Human Rights

    • Brid Brennan, Jesús Carrión, Erika Gonzalez, Tom Kucharz, Karen Lang, Francesco Martone
    21 October 2009
    Report

    The report exposes the role of EU institutions in constructing a complex political and legal architecture which allows European transnational companies to operate with impunity in the region.

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    Where have all our Human Rights Gone? EU Migration Policy 2008: Response and Resistance

    Brid Brennan
    01 September 2008
    Article
    The Single European Act ratified in 1987, introduces the discussion on migrants in the same paragraph as drug traffickers and terrorists. Ever since, European migration policy has pursued an approach of criminalizing migrants.
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    Global Europe FTAs

    Brid Brennan
    19 September 2007
    Article

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