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.


Parcelling off the democratic commons for corporate profit iPolitics Insight

Source: Ipolitics.ca

By Frances Russell | Nov 20, 2012

Don’t be fooled. The innocuous language used to describe the avalanche of so-called “trade” agreements raining down on Canada under the Harper government — the TransPacific Partnership (TPP), the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Canada-China Foreign Investment Agreement, not to mention the plethora of single-country trade deals — aren’t about trade

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A Tobacco Giant Uses Investment Rules to Fight Health Warnings

By Aldo Orellana López, for NJGI*

December 19, 2012

This article is based on an interview with Alberto Villarreal, a member of REDES Friends of the Earth Uruguay who participated in the 5th Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, held in Seoul, South Korea, in November 2012.

In recent decades social struggles have achieved a significant expansion of

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Philip Morris´s Attack on Public Health (educational brochure)

Download a brochure produced by NJGI where you will find illustrated information about tobacco giant Philip Morris’s cases against Uruguay, Australia and Norway, and  a description about how the system works and what can you do.

Philip Morris´s Attack on public health pdf

A China – US bilateral investment treaty: A template for a multilateral framework for investment?

Source: Vcc.columbia.edu

December 17, 2012

by Karl P. Sauvant and Huiping Chen*

China is the largest foreign direct investment (FDI) host and home country among emerging markets, the United States among developed countries. As host countries, both seek to maintain policy space to pursue their own legitimate public policy objectives; as home countries, both seek

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Global Ambulance Chasers: Lawyers Profit From Suing States for Multinationals

Source: Corpwatch.org

By Pratap Chatterjee, CorpWatch Blog December 17th, 2012 Image: Ricardo Santos, Corporate Europe Observatory

Dozens of highly paid international lawyers are pocketing millions of dollars in fees from multinational corporations to sue governments in secretive “arbitration tribunals” for profits they claim to be owed under international investment treaties, according to “Profiting from Injustice” – a new report from Brussels-based Corporate Europe Observatory and Amsterdam-based

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Dissenting Voices

Source: Radiomundoreal.fm

December 13, 2012

European Parliament Passed Trade Agreements with Latin American Countries: Interview with Friends of the Earth Coordinator

Download: MP3 (2.2 Mb)

Social and environmental organizations reacted to the European Parliament’s passing of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Colombia and Peru, and an Association Agreement with Central America, with a public statement that warns about the negative impacts of these agreements

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The IMF’s New View on Financial Globalization: A Critical Assessment

Source: Bu.edu

Issues in Brief No. 26, December 2012

By Kevin P. Gallagher December 2012 (8 pages) Download PDF

In December 2012, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued a new “institutional view” on capital account liberalization and the management of capital flows between countries.  In this Issues in Brief, Kevin P. Gallagher, one of the co-chairs of the Pardee Center Task Force on Regulating

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The European Parliament prioritises trade interests over human rights and sustainable development

Source: Oidhaco.org

According to studies by the London School of Economics “the two Agreementslack mechanisms for monitoring and enforcing Human Rights”

Brussels, 11th of December 2012

The European Parliament has prioritised trade over human rights and sustainable development today in a vote that brings into force two agreements between the European Union and Central America, and Colombia and Peru. The agreements will not do

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IMF May Be on Collision Course with Trade Policy

EU lawmakers approve trade deals with Latin America

Source: Euractiv.com

11 December 2012

MEPs approved free-trade accords with Colombia, Peru and six Central American nations today (11 December), giving them permanent access to the EU’s 500 million consumers and offering the EU’s stagnant economy new markets for its cars and luxury goods.

Setting aside doubts about Colombia’s human rights record, the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted to allow the deals to come into

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Chinese Investment and Sustainable Development in Peru: A Comparative Analysis

Source: GDAE

Working Group Discussion Paper No. 34, December 2012 Amos Irwin and Kevin P. Gallagher

Chinese investment in Latin America has exploded in recent years, leading observers to worry that Chinese companies may transplant poor labor and environmental practices to the region. In this Discussion Paper, GDAE’s Amos Irwin and Kevin P. Gallagher evaluate the economic, environmental and social impacts of

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Source: Juergen-klute.eu

December 7, 2012

In the coming days, the European Parliament will decide to ratify, or not, the controversial Trade Agreements subscribed with several Latin American countries. A large proportion of civil society has expressed its concerns about these agreements arguing that they could represent a danger for local economy, sustainable development, food sovereignty and access to water and other essential resources for

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“Back To The Future” – “Commission Powerplay” Opens Doors To Colombian Drug Money

Source: Enlazando Alternativas

December 7, 2012

Campaña contra el TLC Unión Europea – Colombia/Perú (Campaign against the FTA EU-Colombia/Peru)

Source : by Brian Maguire, Brussels, – http://europeanbusinessexpress.com

A new report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) presented today at the European Parliament reveals that with the signature of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU, Colombia and Peru, there

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IMF Endorses Capital Controls while U.S. TPP Negotiators Try to Ban Them

Source: Public Citizen

December 05, 2012

The International Monetary Fund has now codified a significant policy shift signaled by statements over the past few years: acceptance of capital controls as legitimate policy tools.  Ironically, “trade” policy currently being hatched in Auckland, the site of the current round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, threatens to move in precisely the opposite direction.

A long and growing list

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Urging a New Framework for the Regulation of Foreign Investment in Peru

Source: Redge.org.pe

December 4, 2012

An $ 800 million claim, launched against Peru by Renco Group (Doe Run) under Peru’s FTA with the United States, is the first of what could be a series of lawsuits that limit the ability of the Peruvian government to implement the necessary agenda of governance of extractive industries. Faced with this serious situation, the undersigned organizations wish to

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New free trade agreements threaten financial reforms

Australia smokers given plain packs

Source: BBC News

December 1 , 2012

By Duncan Kennedy

BBC News, Sydney

Grim health warnings like this are replacing the branding on cigarette packets in Australia

 Australia has become the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.

From now, all tobacco company logos and colours will be banned from packets.

They have been replaced by a dreary, uniform, green/brown,

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