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.

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The Emerging Challenge to the Investor-State Regime

Network for Justice in Global Investment

August 30, 2012

As the evidence of the injustices of the current system accumulates and pressure by civil society grows, we are beginning to see changes in the policy positions of a number of governments regarding investment rules and investor-state dispute mechanisms.

In recent months there have been a number of significant developments in this area as governments

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Mining for Gold: A “Pact With the Devil”?

Source: Yes! Magazine / By John Cavanagh, Robin Broad

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Peruvian government stands up to US lead company

Source:  Oxfamamerica.org

Aug 28, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aid group urges new smelter operators to protect children’s health and workers’ rights in contaminated town For more information, contact: Jessica Forres, Extractive Industries and Humanitarian Press Officer (202) 777-2914 (office) (202) 460-8272 (mobile) jforres@oxfamamerica.org

International relief and development organization Oxfam America applauded the Peruvian government for rejecting last week US-based lead processing company Doe

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The Pacific free trade deal that’s anything but free

Source: Guardian.co.uk

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The issue of investment rules in Rio +20

Network for Justice in Global Investment

One of the main issues on the agenda of social movements at the Rio +20 Summit was the struggle of hundreds of civil society organizations against corporations as illustrated by examples of local resistance in different parts of the world. In light of this, and in order to provide tools for challenging corporations and their economic power, several

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Pacific Rim Case

The Pacific Rim against El Salvador case has taken an unexpected turn. On June 1st the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ISCID), dismissed claims related to alleged violations of the U.S. free trade agreement with Central America (DR-CAFTA), deciding that Pacific Rim, a Canadian-based company, did not have standing under the treaty. However, the tribunal accepted jurisdiction over claims related to violations

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership

The 14th round of negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will take place in Leesburg, Virginia on September 6th – 15th. We include a series of articles from the previous round in San Diego, California in June in which negotiations were again kept from public scrutiny. The TPP includes an Investment Chapter that was leaked and publicized by the Citizens Trade Campaign in the

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Free Trade at What Costs?

Source: Council on Hemispheric Affairs

August 20, 2012

BY Eric Stadius and Elizabeth Briggs, Research Associates at Council on Hemispheric Affairs

The United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam will meet next month for the 14th round of negotiations surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) The TPP will encompass far more than trade, rewriting numerous domestic laws regarding, among other

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Is Canada close to ratifying the ICSID Convention? Here’s why we hope not

Source: Rabble.ca / By Stuart Trew, The Council of Canadians.

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EDUCATIONAL BROCHURE: “DANGEROUS WEAPONS”, How International Investment Rules Undermine Social and Environmental Justice

Source: Network for Justice in Global Investment

Introduction

Across the world, citizens and social movements are mounting strong and effective campaigns to fight the environmental and social abuses of transnational corporations. People have fought to defend control over their water, to block contaminating mining projects, to hold oil companies accountable for their environmental destruction, and more. These actions have often been successful in

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After Rio +20: Resistance and denunciation of corporate power

Source: Fundación Solón

(Fundación Solón press release, 23rd July 2012). One of the main issues on the agenda of social movements at the Rio +20 Summit was the fight against corporations as illustrated by examples of local resistance in different parts of the world.  In light of this, and in order to provide tools for challenging corporations and their economic power, the Network for

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Churchill mired in imbroglio

Source: thejakartapost.com

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Mining Firm Sues Indonesia for Asset Seizure

Source: nytimes.com

SARA SCHONHARDT  | June 6, 2012

Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters   Churchill Mining has explored for coal in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, despite the political risks.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — When David F. Quinlivan visits Indonesia, he carries stacks of documents and a well-worn map of a mining concession in East Kalimantan province marked with a dizzying array of timelines and arrows. They are his weapons

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Canada close to ratifying international investment dispute treaty: Yves Fortier

Source: Business.financialpost.com

Julius Melnitzer | Aug 7, 2012

According to no less an authority than Yves Fortier, the globally renowned arbitrator and former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, Canada may finally be ready to ratify the ICSID Convention on investor-state disputes.

“I have reason to believe that ratification may be just around the corner,” Fortier said without elaborating.

ICSID stands for the “International

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