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  1. ISDS in numbers

    • Cecilia Olivet, Bettina Müller, Luciana Ghiotto
    11 December 2017
    Report

    Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries are among the most affected by the investment arbitration system worldwide, representing 28.6% of all known investor-state disputes around the world. In particular, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru accounts for 77.3% of the total number of claims against LAC countries. Investors have won in 70% of the cases brought against LAC countries. As a result, LAC States have already had to pay foreign companies 20.6 billion USD, which could cover Bolivia’s budget for health and education for four whole years.

  2. A World Court for Corporations

    • CIEL, Seattles to Brussels Network
    05 December 2017
    Report

    The European Commission proposal for a global investor court for investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) – known as the Multilateral Investment Court – threatens to enshrine, expand, and entrench the current system of corporate privilege in future trade deals. A world court for corporations would be the capstone in the architecture of corporate impunity, undermining democratic institutions and lawmaking, and worsening the power imbalance that grants rights, protections, and compensation to corporations at the expense of the public interest.

  3. Guiding Drug Law Reform in Myanmar

    • Drug Policy Advocacy Group
    29 November 2017
    Report

    A draft bill amending Myanmar 1993 Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law was published in newspapers in March 2017 for public consultation. It was subsequently discussed in the upper house of Parliament (Amyothar Hluttaw) on 16 August 2017.

  4. Traditional Fishers Photo by Geoff Arbourne

    EU Fisheries Agreements

    • Elyse Mills , Astrid Rinder Alexandersen, Mads Christian Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen, Zoe Brent, Timothé Feodoroff, Jennifer Franco
    09 November 2017
    Report

    Small-scale fishing communities worldwide are suffering from the impacts of increased global trade in fish products, dwindling fish stocks, climate change, and environmental degradation.

  5. Agroecology and Food Sovereignty in small-scale Fisheries

    05 October 2017
    Report

    The importance of Food Sovereignty – as a means, a goal, and a global movement – is long recognized by the WFFP leadership: Food, Sovereignty is a political agenda of small-scale food producers in the defense of our rivers, lakes, oceans and land.

  6. Wilmar Palm Oil plantations - Image by Rainforest Rescue

    Country Report on Nigeria:

    28 September 2017
    Report

    Tension and violent conflicts based on land and forests issues are on the increase in Nigeria.

  7. Country Report on South Africa

    27 September 2017
    Report

    This research unpacks the experiences of a small-scale fishing community who face different struggles as a result of governance structures impinging on their fishing rights and food sovereignty.

  8. Country Report on Uganda

    27 September 2017
    Report

    Findings reveal that lawlessness (in some cases), ignorance of the law, evictions and unlawful relocations, increasing pressure and conflicts emerging in fishing communities, as well as neighbouring farming communities are all leading to communities losing access to the land and fishing grounds on which they have survived for many years, leading to unemployment and loss of livelihoods among the fisher folks.

  9. Human Rights as a Key Issue in the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

    • Rachmi Hertanti
    07 September 2017
    Report

    This paper explores the potential impacts of an Indonesia-EU CEPA on human rights in Indonesia and the state’s duty to protect human rights.

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    Market Forces: The development of the EU Security-Industrial Complex

    • Chris Jones
    25 August 2017
    Report

    Despite the economic crisis, EU funding for new security tools and technologies will double in the 2014-20 period compared to the previous 6 years. The biggest winners have been the “homeland security” industry whose influence on European policy continues to grow, constructing an ever more militarised and security-focused Europe.

  11. Venezuela - Perspectives from the South

    • Santiago Arconada Rodríguez, Karina Arévalo, Javier Biardeau, Atilio A. Borón, Ana Esther Ceceña, Reinaldo Iturriza, Claudio Katz, Edgardo Lander, Miguel Mazzeo, Claudia Korol, Juan Carlos Monedero, Nildo Ouriques, Isabel Rauber, Maristella Svampa, Marco Teruggi, Zuleima Vergel, Raúl Zibechi
    10 August 2017
    Report

    Venezuela is passing through a period of acute political, economic and social turmoil, which has intensified the debate within the regional and global left about the nature, the legacy and the prospects of the Bolivarian process.

     

  12. The 8th Asian Informal Drug Policy Dialogue

    25 July 2017
    Report
  13. 12 Rethinking Shrinking Space Must-Reads

    27 June 2017
    Report

    Here are 12 essential reports that shed light on the issue of 'shrinking space' curated by Frank Barat. Sources range from UN rapporteurs and the European Parliament to civil society organisations like the Women Peacemakers Program.

  14. Reclaiming Public Services

    • Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean, Lavinia Steinfort
    23 June 2017
    Report

    Reclaiming Public Services  is vital reading for anyone interested in the future of local, democratic services like energy, water and health care.  This is an in-depth world tour of new initiatives in public ownership and the variety of approaches to deprivatisation. 

  15. Land Grabbing and Human Rights

    • FIAN International
    22 May 2017
    Report

    With business self-regulation and corporate social responsibility schemes proving to be insufficient for addressing land grabbing-related human rights issues, a new publication points to the obligation of the EU and its Member States to implement a set of policy regulations.

  16. TiSA and the Threat to Public Banks

    • Thomas Marois
    21 April 2017
    Report

    The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is an attack on the future publicness of public banking around the world. 

  17. Social justice at bay

    • Maarten Bakker, Satoko Kishimoto, Christa Nooy
    21 April 2017
    Report

    Projects protecting Jakarta against floods are likely to damage the environment and could threaten the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. The Dutch government, supporting these projects, should question how it balances its interest in supporting Dutch companies with its stated policies of sustainable and inclusive development. 

  18. Enclosing the oceans and our aquatic resources

    16 March 2017
    Report

    Top-down conservation projects, (Eco-)tourism, large-scale aquaculture and the expansion of industrial infrastructure are transforming Myanmar. Myanmar's coastal and inland aquatic resources are vast, but these evolving processes and dynamics raise important questions about who benefits from using these resources, who gets to access them and where control lies.

  19. The Bail Out Business

    • Sol Trumbo Vila, Matthijs Peters
    22 February 2017
    Report

    The Bail Out Business is the most comprehensive and thorough analysis of the steps taken since the 2008 financial crisis to understand who benefits from rescue packages in the EU. Above all, it highlights the role of the Big Four (audit firms) and a small coterie of financial consultancy firms in the business of designing and implementing bail out programs in EU Member States.

  20. State of Power 2017

    21 January 2017
    Report

    This sixth annual State of Power report examines the cultural processes that are used by corporations, military and privileged elites to make their power seem 'natural' and 'irreversible'. It also explores how social movements can harness creativity, art and cultural forces to resist and to build lasting social and ecological transformation.

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