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.


Tobacco giant to challenge packaging laws

Source: Abc.net.au

Jun 27, 2011

Tobacco giant Philip Morris says it is launching a legal challenge to the Federal Government’s plain packaging laws, and has warned any compensation bill could run to billions of dollars.

The Government wants to force tobacco companies to sell their products in plain packaging without company logos and particular colours, saying the move will make smoking less attractive.


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Philip Morris Asia Initiates Legal Action Against the Australian Government Over Plain Packaging

Source: Webwire.com

Monday, June 27, 2011

HONG KONG — Philip Morris Asia Limited (PMA), Hong Kong, owner of Australian affiliate, Philip Morris Limited (PML), today announced that it has served a notice of claim on the Australian government, stating its intention to pursue legal action over plans to introduce plain packaging in Australia for tobacco products. PMA is taking action under Australia’s Bilateral Investment

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Not another mine, not another death! Release from the National Anti-Mining Group in El Salvador

Source: CISPES

June 16, 2011

Juan Francisco Durán Ayala, of the Cabañas Environmental Committee (CAC), was killed on June 4th and his body wasn’t identified until 10 days after his disappearance.  He is the fourth environmental activist killed in Cabañas.  The last time he was seen by fellow environmental activists was on June 2nd, distributing fliers against metallic mining in Ilobasco in preparation for

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The Korea Free Trade Agreement: Bad for the Environment

Source: Friends of the Earth

The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement1 and in particular its investment chapter and the side agreement on autos threaten to undermine environmental and climate protection policies in both countries. South Korea is attempting to clean up its environment by adopting improved regulatory standards,2 but the Korea FTA would facilitate challenges to these standards by U.S. investors, as well as

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Municipalities, Progressive Purchasing Policies and the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

Source: Policyalternatives.ca

In ongoing Canada-EU trade negotiations, the European Commission is seeking full coverage of sub-national (provincial and municipal) procurement.  In Canada, as in Europe, many important public services, such as waste, water and public transit, are delivered by local authorities.  The exclusion of local purchasing and services from the procurement restrictions of trade treaties has provided policy flexibility to use such purchasing as

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Rep. Schrader is confused on international trade

Source: Statesmanjournal.com

Congressman Kurt Schrader seems to be confused. On the one hand, he says he opposes trade deals that extend greater rights to foreign investors than exist for Oregonians doing business in our state. On the other hand, he is supporting a massive new free trade agreement with South Korea that does just that.

Congress is expected to vote on the Korea

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U.S. oil company demands contract from Costa Rica

Source: Ticotimes.net

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Mallon Oil Company is pressuring Laura Chinchilla’s government to allow for oil and natural gas exploration within Costa Rica.

U.S.-based Mallon Oil Company invoked the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) to pressure Costa Rica’s government to sign a contract that will allow for exploration of oil and natural gas in the northern part of the country,

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NAFTA’s Result: ‘Bending Over’ Couldn’t Keep Plant in Tennessee

Source: LABORnotes Mischa Gaus June 9, 2011

Bo McCurry’s union tried everything. Wage cuts that dropped pay to $12 an hour. Higher health insurance costs. Letting the company bring in an automated assembly line and a “lean manufacturing” program that pumped out product 98 percent on time. Quietly putting up with the ankle spurs and carpal tunnel produced by that management-by-stress system.


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Source: FOCO

The 8th June, the Citizen Participation Forum for Justice and Human Rights, FOCO,  along with the Asociación Ecologista Inti Chuteh (San Juan); Asamblea Popular por el Agua (Mendoza); Asamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos de La Matanza; Bienaventurados los Pobres (Catamarca); Conciencia Solidaria al Cuidado del Medio Ambiente, el Equilibrio ecológico y los derechos humanos Asociación Civil (San Juan); National Deputy Victoria

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Public Consultation on EU – China Investment Relationship

Source: Ec.europa.eu

As part of the increased public interest on European investment treaties that has followed from the Lisbon Treaty, the EU Commission has initiated a public consultation process on the future investment relationship between EU and China. This includes an online questionnaire posted on its website asking about the need for an EU-China BIT; its potential impact on human rights and environmental regulation,

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Urgent need for binding obligations on Transnational Corporations raised at the UN

Source:  Transnational Institute . Brid Brennan June 2011

John Ruggie’s proposed guidelines to the UN on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations fail to bring TNCs under any binding law, thefore enabling human rights and environmental crimes to continue with impunity.

The Transnational Institute has joined many civil society organisations and social movements urging the UN Human Rights Council to reject the “Guiding Principles”

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Source: Friends of the Earth

The effects of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on U.S. exports would likely be insignificant, but its environmental effects would be unfortunate. Although it calls on both parties to enforce their environmental laws and observe certain multilateral environmental agreements, the Colombia FTA, which is based on the failed NAFTA/CAFTA model, raises two serious environmental concerns, among others: (1)

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Investment Treaty Arbitration and Developing Countries: A Re-Appraisal

Source: GDAE . GDAE Working Paper 11-01 By Kevin P. Gallagher and Elen Shrestha May 2011

There is long-standing concern among some governments, the private sector, civil society organizations, and academics that bi-lateral investment treaties (BITs) and free trade agreements with BIT-like investment chapters unfairly subject developing countries to investment arbitration. Those who refute such concerns often cite the work of legal scholar Susan

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