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  1. The EU and the corporate impunity nexus

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

    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. Levantando muros

    • Ainhoa Ruiz Benedicto, Pere Brunet
    09 Noviembre 2018

    Este informe revela que los estados miembros de la Unión Europea y el Espacio Schengen han alzado cerca de 1.000 km de muros, lo equivalente a más de seis Muros de Berlín, desde los años 90, con el objetivo de frenar la migración de personas desplazadas por la fuerza a Europa. Estos muros físicos van acompañados de los aún más largos “muros marítimos”, operaciones navales patrullando el mar Mediterráneo, así como los “muros virtuales”, sistemas de control fronterizo que buscan parar a las personas que intentan entrar en Europa, incluso aquellas que están viajando por el continente, y controlar el movimiento general de la población.

  3. Building walls

    • Ainhoa Ruiz Benedicto, Pere Brunet
    09 Noviembre 2018

    Member states of the European Union and Schengen Area have constructed almost 1000 km of walls, the equivalent of more than six times the total length of the Berlin Walls, since the nineties to prevent displaced people migrating into Europe. These physical walls are accompanied by even longer ‘maritime walls’, naval operations patrolling the Mediterranean, as well as ‘virtual walls’, border control systems that seek to stop people entering or even traveling within Europe, and control movement of population.

  4. The shrinking space for solidarity with migrants and refugees

    • Yasha Maccanico, Ben Hayes, Samuel Kenny, Frank Barat
    06 Noviembre 2018

    Europe’s “refugee crisis” triggered a wave of solidarity actions by both civil society organisations and ordinary citizens. Their efforts were part of a wave of compassion, as people organised convoys to refugee reception centers, warmly greeted arrivals at train stations and lined highways to provide food and water to those making the journey from Syria and elsewhere. Just a few years later those same activists are treated as criminals and humanitarian search and rescue missions are criminalised.

  5. El vínculo entre la UE y la impunidad empresarial

    El vínculo entre la UE y la impunidad empresarial

    • Mónica Vargas, Olivier Petitjean, Brid Brennan, Raffaele Morgantini, Juliette Renaud
    02 Noviembre 2018

    Durante décadas, comunidades afectadas de todo el mundo han opuesto resistencia a la forma de actuar de las em- presas transnacionales en sus territorios y lugares de trabajo, y documentando violaciones sistémicas de los derechos humanos y la trayectoria de impunidad empresarial con sus vidas y muertes. La impunidad de las grandes empresas está protegida por una ‘arquitectura de impunidad’ que legitima y legaliza sus operaciones. Esta arquitectura se ha establecido mediante acuerdos de libre comercio e inversión, la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC), las políticas de ajuste estructural del Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI), el Banco Mundial y otros instrumentos financieros, así como la promoción implacable de las alianzas público-privadas (APP). 

  6. အယူအျမင္ ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္

    • Walden Bello
    30 Octubre 2018

    ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသည္ ထံုးတမ္းစဥ္လာ ဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးေရး ပါရာဒုိင္းတစ္ခု၏ ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္မ်ားကို ေ႐ွာင္႐ွားသြားႏိုင္မည့္ ေရ႐ွည္တည္တ့ံ မည့္ ဖြံ ့ၿဖိဳးတုိးတက္ေရးလမ္းေၾကာင္းတစ္ခုေပၚတြင္ ေလွ်ာက္ လွမ္းရန္ ျဖစ္ႏုိင္ပါသလား။ အဆိုပါလမ္းေၾကာင္းသည္ ျဖစ္ႏိုင္ ေျခ႐ွိ႐ုံမွ်မက မျဖစ္မေန ေလွ်ာက္လွမ္းရန္ လိုအပ္ေသာ လမ္းေၾကာင္း ျဖစ္သည္ကို ဤအစီရင္ခံတြင္ အဆုိျပဳေဆြးေႏြး တင္ျပသြားမည္ ျဖစ္သည္။

  7. Connecting the dots... Human rights, illicit cultivation and alternative development

    • Martin Jelsma
    22 Octubre 2018

    How can we resolve the tensions between current drug control policies and states’ human rights obligations? The international human rights framework clearly establishes that, in the event of conflicts between obligations under the UN Charter and other international agreements, human rights obligations take precedence. As legally regulated cannabis markets start to grow, now is the time to secure a legitimate place for small farmers using alternative development, human rights and fair trade principles.

  8. La solidarietà verso i migranti e i rifugiati occupa uno spazio sempre più ristretto

    • Yasha Maccanico, Ben Hayes, Samuel Kenny
    10 Octubre 2018

    La “crisi dei rifugiati” europea (come viene definita da molti osservatori, tralasciando il fatto che si tratta in realtà di una Crisi dell’Europa come progetto politico), simbolizzata dall’immagine di Alan Kurdi, il bambino siriano di tre annitrascinato dal mare sulle spiagge turche, ha innescato un’ondata di solidarietà e azioni di disobbedienza civile sia da parte delle organizzazioni della società civile che da parte dei normali cittadini. Tutti questi sforzi facevano parte di un’ondata di compassione che ha visto l’organizzazione di convogli per recarsi nei centri di accoglienza per rifugiati, calorosi benvenuti presso stazioni ferroviarie tedesche e file in strada per offrire cibo e acqua a chi percorreva l’arduo cammino partendo da zone devastate dalla guerra in Siria e in altre parti del mondo.

  9. El equilibrio entre la estabilidad y el cambio

    • Martin Jelsma, Neil Boister, David Bewley-Taylor, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, John Walsh
    03 Octubre 2018

    El panorama de las políticas de drogas está atravesando un proceso de cambios profundos, en especial porque cada vez son más los países que avanzan hacia la regulación del mercado de cannabis. Entre las opciones de reforma que no requieren un consenso, la modificación inter se parece constituir el enfoque más ‘elegante’, ya que ofrece una válvula de seguridad útil para que la acción colectiva pueda adaptar un régimen de tratados congelado en el tiempo.

  10. mPOWER

    10 Septiembre 2018

    When it comes to managing the energy transition the need for municipal level innovation has never been clearer. In recent years, we have seen some successes, where innovative ideas have led to more equitable, just and democratic energy policies. However, the sharing of these ideas has been limited, and they have tended to remain local and specific. To achieve large scale, replicable success we need a coordinated and integrated approach for collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Enter: mPOWER

    mPOWER is a 4-year programme that will enable in-depth, wide-scale and systematic city to city learning among at least 100 local public authorities, in order to replicate innovative best practices in municipal energy, and developing ambitious energy transition plans.

    To find out more about mPOWER, visit

    mPOWER is run by a consortium composed of the University of Glasgow (UK), Platform (UK), Transnational Institute (Netherlands), Energy Cities (EU-wide), IPE (Croatia), University of the Basque Country (ES), and Carbon Co-op (UK).

    The mPOWER project and consortium are funded by the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation programme. The project started in May 2018 and will last four years.

  11. Eerlijke belasting voor multinationals cover

    Eerlijke belasting voor multinationals

    • Rodrigo Fernandez, Frans Bieckmann
    06 Septiembre 2018

    Het kabinet-Rutte III staat op het punt de dividendbelasting af te schaffen. Deze maatregel is omstreden, omdat niet duidelijk gemaakt kan worden welke maatschappelijke opbrengsten tegenover de gederfde inkomsten staan van jaarlijks 1,4 miljard euro. In dit boekje kijken wij naar de argumenten die voorstanders gebruiken en duiken we in de tegenargumenten.

  12. Estado del poder 2018

    31 Julio 2018

    Los movimientos populares prosperan en todo el mundo, mientras nos enfrentamos a una impunidad cada vez mayor por parte de las grandes empresas y una creciente violencia estatal. En la séptima edición de 'Estado del poder', publicada en español por el Transnational Institute y Fuhem Ecosocial, examinamos los movimientos sociales de hoy, su potencial para generar contrapoderes y cómo podemos organizarnos para luchar contra la injusticia y, a la vez, sentar las bases para una transformación a largo plazo.

  13. RCEP: A secret deal

    • Rachel Tansey, Sam Cossar-Gilbert
    20 Julio 2018

    The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a mega regional trade deal involving sixteen nations from Asia-Pacific. RCEP will impact the lives of billions of people, from the quality of the food they eat to the energy they consume and the affordability of life-saving medicines. Yet, RCEP negotiations are being conducted almost completely in secret, with limited to no meaningful public participation. Most elected officials have, at best, limited access to the negotiating texts, which remain out of reach for civil society.

  14. From War to Peace in Kayah (Karenni) State

    • Tom Kramer, Oliver Russell, Martin Smith
    29 Junio 2018
    Kayah State, historically known as “Karenni State”, is an example of the reform dilemmas that the ethnic nationality peoples in Myanmar face today. Although the country’s smallest state, it reflects many of the challenges in peace-building and socio-political transition that need resolution in Myanmar at large: political impasse, a multiplicity of conflict actors, contested natural resources, land grabbing, humanitarian suffering, and divided communities seeking to rebuild after more than six decades of civil war.
  15. CETA: Feiten en fabels

    • Bas van Beek, Sophia Beunder, Roeline Knottnerus, Jilles Mast, Roos van Os, Bart-Jaap Verbeek, Hilde van der Pas
    21 Junio 2018

    Zijn handelsverdragen als CETA werkelijk goed voor de economie en de werkgelegenheid?

  16. One Treaty to rule them all

    • Pia Eberhardt, Cecilia Olivet, Lavinia Steinfort
    12 Junio 2018

    We know what we have to do to solve the climate crisis. We must keep coal, oil and gas in the ground. But the fossil fuel industry has a secret powerful weapon to keep cooking the planet: The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). It is on the brink of a massive geographical expansion into Africa, Asia and Latin America, threatening to bind yet more countries to corporate-friendly energy policies. Visit:

  17. Expanding the fortress

    • Mark Akkerman
    05 Junio 2018


    Η δεινή κατάσταση των 66 εκατομμυρίων ανθρώπων που έχουν εκτοπιστεί αναγκαστικά φαίνεται να ενοχλεί τη συνείδηση της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης (ΕΕ) μόνο όταν κάποια τραγωδία στα σύνορα της Ευρώπης βρεθεί στο επίκεντρο των μέσων ενημέρωσης. Μόνο ένα ευρωπαϊκό κράτος - η Γερμανία - συγκαταλέγεται στις δέκα χώρες που δέχονται τους περισσότερους πρόσφυγες παγκοσμίως. Έτσι, η τεράστια πλειοψηφία των αναγκαστικά εκτοπισμένων ανθρώπων καταλήγει να φιλοξενείται από μερικά από τα φτωχότερα κράτη του κόσμου. Οι άνθρωποι αυτοί παύουν να είναι «αόρατοι» μόνο όταν κάποιες κοινότητες στα σύνορα, όπως το Καλαί, η Λαμπεντούζα και η Λέσβος, εμφανίζονται στις ειδήσεις ενώ απελπισμένοι άνθρωποι που εγκαταλείπουν τη βία καταλήγουν να πεθαίνουν, να κρατούνται, ή να παγιδεύονται.

  18. The 9th Asian Informal Drug Policy Dialogue

    31 Mayo 2018

    In December 2017, the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ), in collaboration with the Thai Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) and the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage (MFLF), jointly organised the 9th Asian Informal Drug Policy Dialogue (IDPD) in Chiang Rai, Thailand. 

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    Guerras de frontera

    25 Mayo 2018

    La respuesta por defecto para tratar de responder al número creciente de personas refugiadas y migrantes ha sido militarizar las fronteras en lugar de abordar las necesidades humanitarias o las causas de base que obligan a las personas a abandonar su hogar. El trabajo del TNI sobre las guerras de frontera analiza la globalización de la seguridad fronteriza, la forma en que criminaliza a las personas refugiadas y a quienes les apoyan, las políticas que han situado la seguridad por encima de los derechos humanos y los intereses empresariales que impulsan la agenda securitaria y se benefician de ella.

  20. Paradigm Trap

    • Walden Bello
    24 Mayo 2018

    Can Myanmar take a path to sustainable development that avoids the pitfalls of the orthodox development paradigm? This report argues that this is not only necessary but possible.