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  1. The EU - Indonesia CEPA negotiations

    • Roeline Knottnerus
    15 February 2018
    Paper

    What drives the negotiations for an Indonesia-Europe Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in relation to investment? What would be the merits of the alternative investment protection frameworks as proposed by Indonesia? Will it be more effective in promoting a more equitable and sustainable development? 

     
  2. Myths and risks of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement

    • Cecilia Olivet, Pietje Vervest
    21 September 2017
    Policy briefing

    As the signing of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) draws near, concerns over the secrecy surrounding the agreement’s negotiations and the risks it poses abound, alongside many myths about its potential benefits.

  3. Investment protection treaties endanger democratic reform and peace initiatives in Myanmar

    Pietje Vervest
    17 October 2016
    Article

    In the volatile and fragile context of Myanmar's nascent democratic reform, investment protection treaties must not be allowed to negatively affect processes that would make Myanmar more peaceful and democratic.

  4. ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံရဲ႕ ဒီမိုကေရစီ ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲမႈေတြနဲ႔ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရး ေဖာ္ေဆာင္မႈေတြကို ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္ေနတဲ့ ရင္းႏွီးျမွဳပ္ႏွံမႈ အကာအကြယ္ေပးေရးဆိုင္ရာ သေဘာတူစာခ်ဳပ္မ်ား

    Pietje Vervest
    17 October 2016
    Article

    ဖြ႔ံၿဖိဳးစ ျမန္မာ့ ဒီမိုကေရစီ ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲေရးဟာ တည္ၿငိမ္မႈ မရွိေသးဘဲ အထိအခိုက္လြယ္တဲ့ အေနအထားမွာ ရွိေနပါေသးတယ္။ ဒီလိုအခ်ိန္မွာ ရင္းႏွီးျမႈပ္ႏွံမႈ အကာအကြယ္ေပးေရး သေဘာတူစာခ်ဳပ္ေတြဟာ ႏိုင္ငံကို ပိုၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းၿပီး ဒီမိုကေရစီ ဆန္ေစမယ့္ လုပ္ငန္းစဥ္ေတြအေပၚ အပ်က္သေဘာ သက္ေရာက္မႈေတြ ရွိမေနဖို႔ လိုပါတယ္။

  5. Proposal to expand investors’ rights for all intra-EU investment will be the next nail in the coffin of European integration

    • Cecilia Olivet, Pietje Vervest
    19 May 2016
    Report

    Representatives of the governments of Austria, France, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands (AFFGN) tabled a proposal, in April, to establish “a multilateral agreement among the [EU] Member States […] which would replace and supersede pre-existing intra-EU BITs”. With this proposal, all EU investors would effectively be able to sue any member state at an international tribunal when they feel government regulations have undermined their (future) profits. This proposal undercuts the very basis of the European Union and is the best example of how the EU has become a vehicle for business rights at the expense of democracy.

  6. The Meaning of Land in Myanmar

    • Jennifer Franco, Hannah Twomey, Khu Khu Ju, Pietje Vervest, Tom Kramer
    28 January 2016
    Primer

    “Land is like our vein; it is vital for our living. After our land was confiscated, we don’t know what to do for our livelihood,” says a farmer from Kachin State in Myanmar. Today many inhabitants of rural communities in Myanmar live under threat of losing their lands in a battle for resources spurred by ethnic conflict, exploitative land laws, and powerful economic actors. The existence of a legal right to the land does not translate into that right being respected in practice, and people across the country are now working to protect their right to the land.

  7. Cover Flex Crops Briefing in Spanish

    Aproximación a la dinámica política de los cultivos y las materias primas flexibles

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras, Pietje Vervest, S. Ryan Isakson, Les Levidow
    21 August 2015
    Report

    Este documento de debate presenta un análisis preliminar del concepto y fenómeno de los “cultivos y las materias primas flexibles”, fundamentado en un análisis anterior e inicial y una idea resumida presentada por algunos de los autores y autoras de este trabajo.

  8. Central and Eastern European countries at the crossroads

    • Pietje Vervest, Cecilia Olivet
    26 June 2015
    Report

    Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries find themselves at a crossroad regarding their investment protection policies with the US. This briefing provides evidence that shows that including investment arbitration in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will worsen the capacity for CEE governments to regulate.

  9. Licencia para acaparar

    • Pietje Vervest, Timothé Feodoroff
    22 April 2015
    Paper

    La cláusula de ‘solución de controversias entre inversores y Estados’ (SCIE) que incluyen muchos tratados comerciales garantizan una amplia protección a los inversores y limitan la capacidad de los Gobiernos para promulgar leyes agrarias progresistas.

  10. Lawyers subverting the public interest

    • Cecilia Olivet, Pietje Vervest, Pia Eberhardt, Fabian Flues
    15 April 2015
    Policy briefing

    In response to growing public criticism of international investment law, a new lobby group has emerged, EFILA, seeking to influence European officials. This briefing exposes how EFILA represents an attempt by the arbitration industry to fend off much-needed reforms in order to protect a highly lucrative business.

  11. The Challenge of Democratic and Inclusive Land Policymaking in Myanmar

    • Jennifer Franco, Pietje Vervest, Tom Kramer, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Hannah Twomey
    16 February 2015
    Report

    Myanmar's National Land Use Policy promises to make profound changes to the current economic, social, and political-institutional landscape. This is an important and bold step, but its impact will depend on how it addresses the often “messy” details of actual land based social relations.

  12. Socialising Losses, Privatising Gains

    • Pietje Vervest, Hilde van der Pas, Roos van Os, Roeline Knottnerus
    27 January 2015
    Report

    Dutch investment treaties (BITs) are frequently used by foreign companies to sue governments in the North and South for policies that might harm their future profits. 75% of these cases were brought by mailbox companies with no real economic substance in the Netherlands, making use of the vast web of Dutch BITs and the rights and protection given to foreign investors.

  13. Licensed to Grab

    • Pietje Vervest, Timothé Feodoroff
    20 January 2015
    Paper

    The investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause present in many trade treaties give investors far-reaching protection, curtailing governments’ ability to regulate for progressive agrarian and agricultural policies and reinforcing the notion of land as a commodity.

  14. El acaparamiento mundial de océanos: guía básica

    • Jennifer Franco, Pietje Vervest, Timothé Feodoroff, Carsten Pedersen, Ricarda Reuter, Mads Christian Barbesgaard
    05 September 2014
    Primer

    En esta guía se abordan los temas más importantes sobre los mecanismos y las repercusiones del acaparamiento de océanos.

  15. The Global Ocean Grab: A Primer

    • Jennifer Franco, Pietje Vervest, Timothé Feodoroff, Carsten Pedersen, Ricarda Reuter, Mads Christian Barbesgaard
    02 September 2014
    Primer

    This primer unveils a new wave of ocean grabbing, answering the most important questions about the mechanisms that facilitate it and the impacts on people and the environment.

  16. ‘Pak straffeloosheid van bedrijven voor mensenrechtenschendingen aan’

    Pietje Vervest, Mariette van Huijstee, Anne van Schaik, Anne Schuit
    23 July 2014
    Article

    Vorige maand werd een resolutie door de Mensenrechtenraad van de VN aangenomen dat zou kunnen leiden tot een internationaal bindend instrument over bedrijven en mensenrechten. Hoewel Europa en de VS zich hier sterk tegen hebben verzet, zou Nederland zich juist in moeten zetten om straffeloosheid van bedrijven aan te pakken, met een ‘smart mix’ van juridische en niet juridische instrumenten. Dat schrijven Anne Schuit (SOMO), Mariette van Huijstee (SOMO), Pietje Vervest (TNI) en Anne van Schaik (Friends of the Earth Europe) van Fair Green and Global Alliance.

  17. The Politics of Flex crops and Commodities

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras, Pietje Vervest, S. Ryan Isakson, Les Levidow
    20 June 2014
    Report

    Flex crops are crops that can be used for food, feed, fuel or industrial material. Their emergence as critical global commodities is integral to understanding today's agroindustrial economy. 

  18. Fracking: un pozo sin fondo

    • Pietje Vervest, Timothé Feodoroff, Giorgina Garibotto et al.
    25 March 2014
    Policy briefing

    Un acuerdo comercial que están negociando los EE.UU. y la UE podría dar lugar a demandas multimillonarias por parte de compañías que buscan expandir el fracking para extraer gas y petróleo.

  19. No fracking way

    • Pietje Vervest, Timothé Feodoroff, Giorgina Garibotto et al.
    06 March 2014
    Policy briefing

    A briefing that explores how a trade agreement currently being negotiated between the US and the EU could open the way to multi-billion euro lawsuits from companies wanting to expand “fracking” for shale gas and oil.

  20. Beginners Guide to Trade

    • Cecilia Olivet, Pietje Vervest, Giorgina Garibotto et al.
    01 February 2013
    Report

    This beginners' guide provides a critical perspective on EU’s trade and investment policies and the business interests they serve. TNI worked on the guide with a Europe-wide network of trade activists, belonging to the Seattle to Brussels network.

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