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Case Studies: Investor-State Attacks on Public Interest Policies

Source: Citizen.org

December, 2014

The investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system, included in various “free trade” agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs), fundamentally shifts the balance of power among investors, States and the general public, creating an enforceable global governance regime that formally prioritizes corporate rights over the right of governments to regulate. ISDS provisions elevate individual foreign corporations and investors to the same status as sovereign governments, empowering them to privately enforce a public treaty by skirting domestic courts and directly “suing” signatory governments over public interest policies before extrajudicial tribunals.

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