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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A brief introduction of the Doe Run / Renco vs Peru case.

Fact Sheet of the case prepared specially for this issue.

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Speech of Conrado Olivera, member of Uniendo Manos Perú and Friends of la Oroya, at the 2012 Ecumenical Advocacy Days, in Washington D.C.

Conrado Olivera told of the struggles of local communities affected by years of pollution in the La Oroya Metallurgical Complex owned by the Doe Run Peru. He spoke about these injustices in the context of an investor–state investment dispute. A system that is increasingly tying the hands of governments and their efforts to implement public interest policies.

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Dossier of analysis, news and opinions about the Doe Run / Renco vs Perú

This dossier includes, among other things, a letter sent by 18 US Congresspeople to the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, requesting that the government do not defend Doe Run; and the request by NGO Oxfam America to the Peruvian government that it stand by its decision not to concede to the re-opening of the Doe Run Peru (DRP) lead smelting plant in La Oroya.

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India seeks treaty revisions to deal with corporate suits

[SOURCE: INDIANEXPRESS By Subhomoy Bhattacharjee] Rattled by threats from foreign companies to drag India to international courts over breach of investment promises, the government is planning to erase a key clause in bilateral investment treaties that allows for international arbitration in order to protect itself.

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April fool–but secrecy in Trans Pacific trade negotiations is no joke

[SOURCE: FRIENDS OF THE EARTH. By Bill Waren] The U.S. Trade Representative is demanding a NAFTA-style investment chapter. This would authorize big oil, mining multi-nationals and other global investors to circumvent domestic courts and sue governments before business-friendly tribunals.

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US Suspends Argentina from Trade Preference Scheme

[SOURCE: ICTSD] President Barack Obama announced that the US would be suspending Argentina from its Generalized System of Preferences Program – which waives duties on thousands of imports from developing countries – for failure to pay arbitration awards in two disputes involving US investors.

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Crikey! Australia Shocks Corporate America on Trade

[SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS. By Sarah Anderson] The Australian government doesn’t like it when global tobacco giants can sue them over public health laws. They have refused to accept trade rules that allow foreign investors to sue governments in international tribunals. Known as “investor-state” dispute settlement, these rules are in every U.S. trade agreement negotiated in the past 20 years – except the 2005 U.S.-Australia pact. Corporate America finds this utterly unreasonable, , but Australia is holding strong – so far.

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