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Jindal Steel and Power Ltd wins $22.5 million arbitration against Bolivian firm

Source: Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com

Aug 23, 2014

BHUBANESHWAR: Naveen Jindal’s JSPL says its stand against the BOlivian government has been vindicated by Paris based the International Chamber of Commerce which has ordered Evo Morales’ Bolivian government to pay the company $22.5 million. Jindal’s Bolivian dream of mining one half of the 40 billion El Mutun iron ore and setting up downstream plant had turned sour, with both parties blaming each

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In the name of ‘free trade’ our public health-care system is forced to swallow another poison pill

Source: Rabble.ca

AUGUST 18, 2014

BY  MICHAEL BUTLER

There has been a substantial amount of discussion surrounding the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union (EU), but when it comes to the media one thing that seems to have slipped under the radar is the hugely detrimental affects this deal could have on our public health care system.

Last week we saw

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TTIP Update XXXV

Source: Blogs.computerworlduk.com

18 August 14

Open Enterprise

Glyn Moody

According to the publication “Inside US Trade”, which tends to be pretty good when it comes to sourcing its information, the next round of TTIP talks won’t take place until the end of September – obviously the negotiators felt they needed a holiday after all the excitement of the last year. But even ifTTIP news is thin on

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TPPA: Shocking US certification process that violates country’s sovereignty

Source: Consumer.org

Press release, 14 August 2014

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is deeply concerned by the shocking process by which the United States of America (USA) squeezes more concessions from other countries it negotiates free trade agreements (FTAs) with, even after the treaty’s text is signed. This was outlined in new research released yesterday at http://tppnocertification.org/. This process of one-sided extraction

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Tell USTR: No Special Rights for Corporations in the US-EU Trade Agreement

Source: Citizenstrade.org

August 14, 2014

Once again, transnational corporations are hoping that a free trade agreement will become a back-door means for them to force environmental deregulation — this time through a massive new pact with the European Union.

The federal government is currently conducting an environmental review of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and part of that review includes accepting

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More Philip Morris Style Cases Is The Very Point Of The Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership

Source: Forbes.com

Forbes Opinion

By Tim Worstall August 13, 2014 The World Development Movement (WDM) has got itself into a bit of a tizzy over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. They’re running a campaign to stop it being signed but they’re rather failed to understand the point of the agreement in the first place. They’re complaining that the agreement will protect

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German television show leaks CETA, Council of Canadians says deal will not survive public scrutiny

Source: Canadians.org

August 13, 2014 Media Availability

The Council of Canadians is pleased that the Canada-EU trade deal, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), has seen the light of day after German television show Tagesschau provided the full text online this afternoon.

“Throughout the process, this agreement and its devastating impacts have been kept locked away from legislators and the public, shielded from a democratic

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Secret Details of Canada-EU Pact Prompt Scrutiny

Source: Thestar.com

While still secret here, details of sweeping free-trade deal are emerging from Europe.

By: Les Whittington Ottawa Bureau reporter, Published on Wed Aug 13 2014

DRIAN WYLD / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTOStephen Harper, who last fall signed a tentative agreement on CETA, is expected to host a Canada-EU summit next month in Ottawa to officially approve the version of the pact that is

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Jane Kelsey: Trade deal hands US power to rewrite NZ laws

Source: Nzherald.co.nz

Aug 12, 2014

The US basically claims the right to decide what a country’s obligations are under a trade and investment agreement. Photo / Thinkstock

“Certification” seems a benign enough word. But it hides an extraordinary power that the United States is expected to assert if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is concluded.

The US basically claims the right to decide what

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Philip Morris International threatens to sue Government if plain packaging introduced

Source: Independent.co.uk

12 August 2014

Public Health England has said that the evidence in favour of plain packaging is ‘irrefutable’

One of the world’s largest tobacco companies is threatening to sue the Government for billions of pounds in compensation if it makes plain cigarette packaging compulsory.

Philip Morris International, which makes the Marlboro brand, said it was prepared to “seek fair compensation” in

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Despite the pronouncements, Canada-EU trade deal not set in stone

Source: Theglobeandmail.com

Aug. 10 2014

At 1,500 pages in length and five years in the making, the far-reaching Canada-Europe free trade deal struck last week is undeniably a major milestone.

And yet the Conservative government quietly marked the long-sought final agreement with a terse five-paragraph statement on a quiet August afternoon.

No ceremony. No text. Sparse Details. And not a single government official would

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Special Privileges: Dr Pat Ranald from AFTINET on Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Source: IP Observatory

Publicado el 10/08/2014

Dr Pat Ranald from AFTINET gave evidence on investor-state dispute settlement to the Senate Committee for Foreign Affairs Defence & Trade on the 6th August 2014.

Canada-EU Trade Deal Text Leaked By German TV

Source: Huffingtonpost.ca

08/14/2014

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Daniel Tencer

Prime Minister Stephen Harper with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso. | CP

A German news show has published what it says is the text of the Canada-EU free trade deal.

More than 520 pages of the 1,500-page document were posted to the website ofGerman TV network ARD’s news show Tagesschau on Wednesday.

According to

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Why Germany Is Backing Away From a Trade Deal that Lets Corporations Sue the Government

Source: Yesmagazine.org

Aug 06, 2014

A new round of international trade agreements threatens to increase corporate power over national governments. But news out of Germany suggests the deals aren’t inevitable. by Alexis Goldstein In a move that has many on the left cautiously celebrating, Reuters reported on July 28 that Germany might reject a new trade agreement between Canada and the European Union.

Some commentators see Germany’s move

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Don’t let foreign investors sue governments over domestic laws, fair trade groups tell Senate inquiry

Source: Aftinet.org.au

August 6, 2014

“Foreign investors should not have special rights to sue Australian governments for millions of dollars in international tribunals over domestic laws,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) said today. “The Philip Morris tobacco company is currently using such rights in an obscure Australia-Hong Kong investment agreement to sue the

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Finalised EU-Canada deal grants excessive investor rights

Source: Beuc.eu

PRESS STATEMENT

06.08.2014

The EU/Canada trade deal just announced includes controversial plans to enable individual companies to challenge government decisions before arbitration panels – known as Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). There is political intent to include a similar scheme in the current EU/US trade deal talks (known as TTIP or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

Monique Goyens, Director General of The

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CETA will likely be signed, but it will also implode

Source: Canadians.org

By Brent Patterson Political director of the Council of Canadians.

August 6, 2014

On Tuesday August 5, the Harper government announced – via a brief news release, a teleconference call, and strangely an online video – that negotiators had finalized the 1,500-page text of a Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

At this point, the text has reportedly been sent to

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Blue Future: Maude Barlow, Water Rights, Investor Clauses, and Trade Deals

Source: Medium.com

Aug 5, 2014

Matthew Rimmer

Maude Barlow, Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever, New York: The New Press, 2013, 336 pp, ISBN-10: 1595589473 ISBN-13: 978-1595589477, http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Future-Protecting-People-Forever/dp/1595589473

Maude Barlow is the chairperson of the Council of Canadians, and the founder of the Blue Planet Project. She is a recipient of Sweden’s Right Livelihood Award, and a Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship.

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Not so fast, Mr. Harper

Source: Canadians.org

Negotiations on the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) corporate rights deal have hit a major stumbling block.

A report has just surfaced that Germany is now raising serious concerns over the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism in CETA – the part of the deal that grants foreign corporationsthe right to sue governments over laws that infringe on their corporate profit-making.

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Collection of materials analyzing the environmental and health implications of trade and investment and the activities of governments and corporations at the international level

Source: Cela.ca

CELA has a long history of recognizing the consequences of globalization on environmental protection. The expansion of international trade regimes has made it more difficult for countries to develop new and more progressive laws and policies. The same pressures have contributed to rollbacks of existing laws and policies in the areas of participation in decision-making as well as environmental and health protection

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The view from Berlin: Will Germany block the Canadian-EU free trade pact over corporate investor rights?

Source: Iatp.org

July 31, 2014

by Shefali Sharma

Used under creative commons license from eppofficial.Germany’s Chancellor Merkel

This past weekend, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported that Germany would reject the Canadian-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) as it contains investment provisions that allow foreign investors to sue governments over policies that undermine corporate profits. That reportgot the attention of those tracking the U.S.-EU trade negotiations.

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Brownbag: Pacific Rim Mining Company vs. El Salvador

Source: Ips-dc.org

July 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Free

The Institute for Policy Studies joins the Center for International Environmental Law, and Oxfam to invite you to the D.C. community discussion on the amicus curiae brief in the Pac Rim Cayman LLC v. Republic of El Salvador case.

Since 2009, Canadian mining company Pacific Rim has been suing the government of El Salvador for

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Ministries for scrapping of bilateral investment pacts

Source: Financialexpress.com

July 14, 2014

The commerce and industry ministry, backed by the ministries of coal and telecom, has categorically stated that the government must invoke the ‘sunset’

The commerce and industry ministry, backed by the ministries of coal and telecom, has categorically stated that the government must invoke the ‘sunset’ clause in all the 83 Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (BIPPA) with other countries and unilaterally exit

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Bolivia Shows How To Dismantle Corporate Sovereignty Provisions In Treaties Without Losing Foreign Investment

Source: Techdirt.com

By Glyn Moody

July 15, 2014

As Techdirt has reported, corporate sovereignty chapters in TAFTA/TTIP and TPP have emerged as some of the most controversial elements in those agreements. Meanwhile, countries that already have bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms are looking for ways to get rid of them in order to avoid the loss of sovereignty they imply. One nation that already

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Statement of Concern about Planned Provisions on Investment Protection and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Source: Kent.ac.uk

In July 2013, the European Commission started negotiations with the United States on the subject of Investment Protection and ISDS in the framework of wider talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In the face of growing interest and public concern, the Commission decided to launch a public consultation on the matter in March 2014.

Together with Peter Muchlinski (SOAS

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New Report: Bolivia denounces its Bilateral Investment Treaties and attempts to put an end to the Power of Corporations to sue the country in International Tribunals

In this report, the Democracy Center’s Aldo Orellana Lopéz takes a look at Bolivia’s attempts to unravel the web of trade and investment agreements entered into by previous governments. Based on an interview with the Deputy Minister for Trade and Integration of Bolivia, Walter Clarems Endara Vera, the report looks at the process of bringing the national investment framework in line with the country’s new Constitution and the new investment law passed in April of this year.

A Call for the Building of an Alternative Legal Framework to the International Investment Treaties: favoring the Public Interest while doing away with Transnational Corporate Impunity

by Working Group on Investment of the Americas

Human Rights Council: Historic resolution adopted for a legally binding instrument on TNCs

Source: Twnside.org.sg

TWN Info Service on Climate Change (Jun14/02) 30 June 2014 Third World Network

Geneva, 30 June (Kinda Mohamadieh*) – The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted, through a vote, a historic and significant resolution to start a process for an international legally instrument on transnational corporations.

Officially entitled “Elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and other

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IIA Issues Note – Reform of the IIA Regime: Four Paths of Action and a Way Forward

Source: Investmentpolicyhub.unctad.org / Jun 26, 2014

UNCTAD Launches Information Note Analyzing ISDS Cases Involving the US or EU Member States, or their investors

Source: Investmentpolicyhub.unctad.org / Jun 20, 2014

2014 Special Broadcasts / Stop Corporate Impunity – Geneva 2014

Source: Real World Radio

In June, 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) will analyze the adoption of a resolution to establish a mandatory legal instrument to enforce regulations around human rights and transnational corporations (TNCs). A wide range of international and grassroots organizations are organizing a week of mobilizations in Geneva and around the world to denounce transnational companies and their architecture

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UNCTAD: Trends in Outward Investments by TNCs in 2013 and Prospects for 2014-15

Source: Unctad.org

Now is the time to call for a Binding Treaty

Source: Tni.org / by Brid Brennan and Gonzalo Berrón / June 18, 2014 (Also read: UN meeting provides historic opportunity to stop corporate impunity; UN treaty urgently needed for human rights defenders, says new report)