August 2010

Pac Rim CAFTA Challenge of Salvadoran Environmental, Mining Safety Policies Given Go-Ahead by Tribunal

August 3, 2010 Source: Public Citizen Initial Win for Corporation in Trade Agreement Attack on Environmental Policy Poses Complications for Obama Administration as It Tries to Revive Korea FTA WASHINGTON, D.C. – An international tribunal’s decision to allow a controversial suit against El Salvador under the 2005 Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) will fuel demands …
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World Bank approves mining company suit against El Salvador

August 11, 2010 Source: In a decision with implications for the national sovereignty of member states under US trade pacts, a World Bank tribunal has approved a Canadian mining company’s controversial lawsuit against the government of El Salvador. In 2009, Pacific Rim Mining filed the suit under the rules of the US-Central America Free Trade …
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Vivendi: Arbitrator Reaffirms Ruling, $105M Award Vs Argentina

August 11, 2010 Source: PARIS (Dow Jones)—French media conglomerate Vivendi (VIV.FR) Tuesday said the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, or ICSID, reaffirmed its original ruling and financial award in favour of the company in a long-running dispute with Argentina. Vivendi said Argentina had three years ago asked the arbitration agency to reverse its …
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Mining for El Salvador’s Gold — In Washington

August 11, 2010 By Manuel Pérez-Rocha Source: Institute for Policy Studies An international tribunal gives the green light to a lawsuit brought by two companies attempting to overcome strong public and government resistance to their destructive gold mining. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel to Cabañas, El Salvador, to meet with some of the …
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Investment Rules in Trade Agreements: Korea-U.S. and Beyond

By Sarah Anderson Source: Institute for Policy Studies IPS Global Economy Director Sarah Anderson presented this slideshow at a congressional briefing sponsored by Rep. Mike Michaud on July 19, 2010. An explanation of the impacts of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

Investment Rules in Trade Agreements

August, 2010 By Sarah Anderson Source: Institute for Policy Studies The Top 10 Changes to Build a Pro-Labor, Pro-Community and Pro-Environment Trans-Pacific Partnership The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) offers an opportunity to develop a new model that balances the interests of private foreign investors with those of labor, environment, and the general public interest. President Obama and countless …
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AbitibiBowater wins NAFTA case vs. Ottawa

August 27, 2010 By KATHRYN LEGER, Freelance Source: The Montreal Gazette It came as a surprise to many this week that the federal government -and ultimately Canadian taxpayers -will make a payment of $130 million to Montrealbased AbitibiBowater Inc. to compensate for company assets expropriated by the Newfoundland government in that province. In announcing the settlement …
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August 31, 2010 Source: The following is a statement of concern about the international investment regime. It is supported by academics with expertise relating to investment law, arbitration, and regulation. English, French, Spanish, and Russian versions are available at this time. PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT REGIME DÉCLARATION PUBLIQUE SUR LE RÉGIME D’INVESTISSEMENT INTERNATIONAL …
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