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.


Obama pressures Argentina to pay millions of dollars to foreign investors

October 31, 2011

By Aldo Orellana López, for the Network for Justice in Global Investment

On December 19, 2001, thousands of families took to the streets and plazas of Buenos Aires with their pots in hand. They were protesting against the economic policy of Fernando de la Rua’s government and his predecessor Carlos Menem, which over the previous decade had left

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India-Nepal BIT

Source: Ilcurry.wordpress.com

October 31, 2011

During the Nepalese Prime Minister’s recent state visit to India, Nepal’s Minister for Industries and India’s Minister of Finance signed a bilateral agreement for the promotion and protection of investments between the two countries (“Nepal-India BIT”/”BIT”/”BIPPA”).

Possible Motivations

The underlying objective behind the BIT seems to be the belief that the treaty would serve as a catalyst in boosting investment flows between the

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New evidence contests impacts of BITs on foreign direct investment

Source: Coc.org

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Sep 30, 2011

By Aldo Caliari Commentary on two new papers assessing the impacts of Bilateral Investment Treaties on foreign investment flows.

Two new research pieces have come up with evidence to support the contention that investment treaties are a negligible factor in business decisions to open establishments in a country.

The idea that, by entering into

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A total lack of transparency. Why responsible companies and governments should avoid the revised ICC Rules in arbitrations involving states

Source: Canadianlawyermag.com

October 24, 2011

Written by  Gus Van Harten

There is something awry when a dispute between a company and a government that engages public policy is resolved by arbitrators subject to the authority of an international business organization. It becomes ridiculous when virtually everything about the process is kept confidential.

So we should lament the recently revised arbitration Rules of the

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Tar Sands and the CETA

Source: CCPA

October 14, 2011

By Scott Sinclair, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

The recent decision by the European Union (EU) to disregard Canadian government pressure and forge ahead with regulations that recognise the higher green-house-gas intensity of fuel produced from tar sands and oil shale is encouraging.   The Canadian government has lobbied furiously against Article 7a of the European Fuel Quality Directive and

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Friends of the Earth denounces passage of unjust trade agreements

Source: Friends of the Earth

Thursday, October 13, 2011 For Immediate Release

Contact: Kelly Trout, 202-222-0722, ktrout@foe.org Nick Berning, 202-222-0748, nberning@foe.org

Friends of the Earth denounces passage of unjust trade agreements

President Obama broke his campaign promises in backing Bush-era trade pacts that repeat mistakes of NAFTA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With President Obama’s backing, Congress yesterday passed trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia

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Venezuela faces growing load of arbitration cases

Source: Boston.com

By Ian James

Associated Press / October 9, 2011

CARACAS, Venezuela—As President Hugo Chavez seizes ever more private property in his push to build a socialist system, foreign companies are squeezing Venezuela’s resources by filing claims for billions of dollars in compensation.

Heavyweights such as U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. as well as smaller companies from around the world are demanding

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The United States, European Union and International Investment

Source: Gmfus.org

by Peter H. Chase

Summary: The economic relationship between the United States and the European Union (EU) is unique as it is based on investment rather than on trade. Yet, in a sense they have no investment relationship: while the United States has investment treaties with most of the EU’s 27 member states, it has none with the EU itself. On one

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United States Senate Approves U.S. – Rwanda Bilateral Investment Treaty

Source: Starafrica.com

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

September 27, 2011

The United States Senate approved the United States-Rwanda Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) on September 26 by unanimous consent. The Department of State applauds the Senate’s approval of the treaty and is pleased that the Senate’s longstanding tradition of bipartisan support for these treaties

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