About the Project

The Network for Justice in Global Investment is a joint effort by citizens and organizations in a variety of countries to challenge one of the most anti-democratic aspects of the global economic order – the rules governing international investment. Read More.


How Do International Trade and Investment Rules Affect Public Finance for Development?

Source: Institute for Policy Studies

May, 2011

By Sarah Anderson

Government efforts to finance job creation and other public goods can clash with subsidies restrictions in trade agreements.


The .pdf file for the full report is available for free download here.


In the wake of the global financial crisis, there is increased interest in the role that development banks and

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OECD Document Discusses Investor – State Dispute Settlement

May, 2011

Comment by Gus Van Harten *

The discussion of investor-state dispute settlement in this OECD document reflects a positive step in the push for transparency and openness in investor-state arbitration. It is also noteworthy for its recognition that investor-state disputes often engage major issues of public policy.

The document is also positive for its mention of issues of integrity and competence in

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Report promotes World Bank role for multilateral investment framework

May, 2011

Peter Bakvis *

A new World Bank report on the shift to a multi-polar world economy observes that efforts to negotiate a multilateral framework for cross-border investment, which the Bank considers to be a “critical” need, have been “derailed” in the past. (Without mentioning it, the report implicitly refers to the attempt to negotiate a Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) under the

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According to an ECLAC report launched in Mexico City: Latin America and the Caribbean Was the Region with the Strongest Growth in Foreign Direct Investment in 2010

Source: ECLAC

The Commission predicts that FDI will rise by between 15% and 25% in 2011 compared with 2010, but points out that the region should implement policies focused on innovation in order to better absorb the benefits of investment flows.

(4 May 2011) In 2010, Latin America and the Caribbean was the region with the strongest percentage increases as a recipient and source

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Perspectives on topical foreign direct investment issues by the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment

See: Vale Columbia Center


Observations on the Final Report of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, John Ruggie*

Source: The Jus Semper Global Alliance

May 2011

Alejandro Teitelbaum has devoted many years to work on the issue of human rights in the realm of global corporations and other business enterprises. As the former Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, for the American Association of Jurists –based in Buenos Aires, he spent time toiling with the bureaucracies of the UN

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Harnessing Freedom of Investment for Green Growth

Source: OECD

05/05/2011 – Harnessing Freedom of Investment for Green Growth (PDF) addresses how the international investment policy community can help countries achieve green growth.

It focuses on the relationship between international environmental law and international investment law; investment treaty practices and environmental goals; investor-state dispute settlement; green protectionism; and the contribution of investment and business to greening the economy.

Government delegates at the Freedom

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Canada’s Free Trade agenda: Dissing democracy and rewarding despots

Source: Alianza Social Continental

PRESS RELEASE Elections 2011

(Montreal and Ottawa, April 27, 2011) – Since coming to power the minority government of Stephen Harper has vigorously pursued preferential free trade with despots abroad and spared no quarter for democracy at home, says a broad group of Canadian organizations which are demanding a new foreign policy and trade approach by the next government. The

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The IMF, Capital Controls and Developing Countries

Source: Globalization and Sustainable Development

By Kevin P. Gallagher

Economic and Political Weekly, May 7, 2011

Last month the International Monetary Fund formally suggested that there may be situations when developing countries can gain from placing regulations on the inward flow of foreign capital. In this article, GDAE’s Kevin P. Gallagher critically analyzes the new IMF policy, based on a close analysis of

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CETA procurement rules threaten public water, says new report

Source The Council of Canadians

Friday, May 6th, 2011

A new report from Eau Secours! and CUPE-Quebec claims procurement and competition provisions in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement would be harmful to the quality and cost of water services. Combined, these provisions would create a barrier to local development policies at the municipal and provincial level, as well as encourage privatization of

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Trading Away Financial Stability: Capital Controls and the US-Colombia Trade Agreement

Source: Globalization and Sustainable Development Program

Latin American Trade Network Policy Brief #66, April 2011 By Kevin P. Gallagher

The Obama Administration is preparing to submit a reworked version of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement to Congress, along with two other agreements previously negotiated by the Bush Administration. In this LATN policy brief, Kevin Gallagher demonstrates that the agreement has not been reworked

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Court ruling a major step forward for case against Canadian mining company

Source: Global Witness

28th April 2011

Montreal. The Superior Court of Quebec has ruled today that the case against Canadian corporation Anvil Mining Limited in relation to alleged involvement in a 2004 massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo can proceed to the next stage.

The class action against Anvil Mining was filed in the District of Montreal on 8 November 2010 by The

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Shell, shell, shell companies

Source: Public Citizen

February 23, 2011

Last year, we reported on how a Canadian-Cayman mining company, Pac Rim Cayman LLC, was using the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement to challenge El Salvadoran mining policy. There are seven parties to CAFTA, and none of them is Canada or the Cayman islands.

In the months before launching a CAFTA case, Pac Rim Cayman LLC changed its

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