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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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Still not loving ISDS: 10 reasons to oppose investors’ super-rights in EU trade deals

Source: Corporateeurope.org

April 16th 2014 International trade

At the end of March, the European Commission launched a public consultation over its plan to enshrine far-reaching rights for foreign investors in the EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated. In the face of fierce opposition to these investor super-rights, the Commission is trying to convince the public that these do not endanger democracy and public policy.

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Uruguay’s Mujica to ask Obama for help in legal battle with Philip Morris

Source: Elpais.com

April 16, 2014

Tobacco giant claims government violating copyright laws by ordering changes to cigarette packets Uruguay pedirá ayuda a Obama en su juicio con Philip Morris

José Mujica during a news conference / EFE

During his first White House visit next month, Uruguayan President José Mujica is expected to ask President Barack Obama for his help in what is predicted

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Suing the state: hidden rules within the EU-US trade deal (7’35 min)

Source: CEOwebtv

(deutsche Untertitel, sous-titres français, subtítulos en español) This film presents some of the dangers of the investor rights within the proposed EU-US trade deal. We need to stop this corporate attack on our democracy and policies to protect the public interest.

The film has been produced by Sourced TV for Corporate Europe Observatory www.corporateeurope.org

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El Salvador groups accuse Pacific Rim of ‘assault on democratic governance’

Source: Theguardian.com

10 April 2014

More than 300 organisations target multinational company that is suing the country for its refusal to grant a gold-mining permit

• El Salvador communities battle to keep their gold in the ground

There is a widespread movement, including politicians and the church to keep El Salvador’s metals in the ground. Photograph: Claire Provost for The Guardian

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Australia must reject legal straightjacket on trade

Source: Mobile.abc.net.au

8 abr 2014

Opinion The Drum Patricia Ranald

Photo: Tony Abbott and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe meet during the trade delegation talks. AFP: Kayoshikazu Tsuno

Secretive economic partnership deals remain a worry, but it’s good to see Australia hold strong against regulations that would expose us to potential legal action, writes Patricia Ranald.

The grand announcement about the Japan-Australia Economic

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UNCTAD publishes its annual review of investor-State dispute settlement cases

Source: Unctad.org

07 April 2014 Investment arbitrations against host countries continued to grow rapidly in 2013, reaching the second highest number of new cases in history. . Download: Recent Developments in Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Quick link: IIA Issues Notes series . UNCTAD’s annual review of investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) cases, part of the IIA Issues Notes series, provides up-to-date statistical data on treaty-based

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“Gold or Water?”

Source: GlenPearcyProduction

New 15 minute film on the Salvadoran people’s struggle to ban gold mining. The Canadian/Australian Pacific Rim company has taken El Salvador before a World Bank tribunal to force this environmentally challenged country to grant a permit allowing cyanide gold mining in the headwaters of the Rio Lempa.

Bilateral FDI Statistics

Source: Unctad.org

Dear Members of the World Investment Network (WIN),

It is my pleasure to share with you UNCTAD’s new product, Bilateral FDI Statistics publication.

Sound FDI data is an essential tool for research and policy analysis, and a basis for policy formulation, implementation and assessment. The current publication is a major effort by UNCTAD to fill an important gap in FDI statistics.

UNCTAD’s

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Critics say FTAs risk drawing litigation from foreign companies

Source: Abc.net.au

Friday 4 April 2014

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More than 600 business and industry leaders will join Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Trade Minister Andrew Robb on their North Asia trip, which begins tomorrow in Japan.

Australia clinched a free trade agreement with South Korea in 2013, and the Prime Minister hopes to complete a similar deal with Japan and make ‘substantial

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Indonesia should withdraw from the ICSID!

Source: Thejakartapost.com

By Hikmahanto Juwana, Jakarta | Opinion | Wed, April 02 2014

The Washington-based International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) is a dispute resolution mechanism for investment issues between the government of a particular state and citizens of other countries.

Even though the ICSID is referred to as an arbitration apparatus, it is, however, distinct from commercial arbitration mechanisms such as

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TTIP: EU Commissioner Points Finger At US Secrecy, Investor-State Provisions

Source: Ip-watch.org

2 April 2014

By Monika Ermert for Intellectual Property Watch

A number of problems with investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) were outlined by legal experts during a 1 April hearing in Brussels of the International Trade Committee (INTA) of the European Parliament in its last session before the European elections. And the European trade commissioner said he would agree to open the Transatlantic

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Video: A journey through the lobby jungle in Brussels. The influence of lobby groups on the TTIP negotiations

Source: lobbycontrol

During the last TTIP negotiation round, CEO and the German lobby watchdog Lobbycontrol organised guided tours through the EU quarter, focusing on the corporate lobbying behind the TTIP negotiations – and the way that the European Commission allows corporations to set the agenda for the talks.

We will continue to organise these tours – for the general public and the media. Lobbycontrol

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Video: Why is TTIP more than a trade agreement?

Source: Tni.org

2 April 2014

EU and US are currently negotiating a trade and investment agreement. How will this deal affect people from both regions and around the world? See reflections from EU and US activists who gathered to discuss about the impacts and possible solutions.

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Obama and the TPPA

Source: Thestar.com

March 31, 2014

By Martin Khor

Barack Obama’s response to public criticism on the US trade deals with Europe and Asia-Pacific is less than convincing.

UNITED States President Barack Obama will soon be making a trip to Asian countries, including Malaysia. The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will be on his agenda, just as the Trans­atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was

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Fair World Project presents Free Trade Vs. Fair Trade

Source: Fairworldproject.org

Watch our new educational video and learn how current free trade agreements harm family farmers and workers in the global north and south. Learn how you can support Fair Trade brands and policies that place people before profits.

EU on investor-state dispute settlement

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By Eric Bradner

3/27/14

U.S. and European Union trade officials are defending their efforts to allow private companies to challenge government regulations through a proposed trans-Atlantic pact.

EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht announced Thursday that he is starting the clock on 90 days of feedback on the proposed inclusion of an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism in the trade deal. Interested parties can

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Video: The Grin

Source: GlobalWitness

Here a new video developed by Global Witness for their campaign to bring an end to anonymous shell companies.  As we know, without information about the true owners of companies, we are often left struggling in the quest for accountability. Kudos to Global Witness for tackling this important issue.

Anonymous companies harm ordinary people, everywhere. Join the movement to stop them:

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TTIP consultation welcome, but arbitrators must not decide on our laws – NGOs

Source: Transportenvironment.org

Brussels, 27 March 2014 – for immediate release

Today’s long overdue announcement of a public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement in the EU-US free trade negotiations (dubbed the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – TTIP) is welcomed but does not change the principle that arbitration should never judge the validity of laws, environmental groups European Environmental Bureau and Transport & Environment have

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Campaigners slam Commission’s mock consultation on investor rights in EU-US trade deal

Source: Corporateeurope.org

March 27th 2014 International trade

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SEATTLE TO BRUSSELS NETWORK

Brussels/Amsterdam, 27 March 2014 – Campaigners from the Seattle to Brussels Network [1] have criticised the European Commission’s consultation on the investor rights in the EU-US trade deal as a mock consultation aimed at selling its pro-industry agenda, rather than an honest attempt to have a much-needed open

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Indonesia to terminate more than 60 bilateral investment treaties

Source: Ft.com

By Ben Bland in Jakarta and Shawn Donnan in London, March 26

Indonesia is planning to terminate more than 60 bilateral investment treaties that allow disgruntled foreign investors to bypass local courts and seek compensation in international tribunals, amid a growing global backlash against such provisions.

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TPP & TTIP – Policy Implications of Environmental Research Irrelevant

Source: Earthwatchmedia.org

March 26, 2014

Philippe C. Baveye*¹ and Laurent Charlet ²

1. Soil and Water Laboratory, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 Eighth Street, Troy, New York 21180, United States. 2. Earth Science Institute (ISTerre), University of Grenoble and CNRS, BP 53, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 9, France.

Scientists have traditionally held a range of contrasting views on the extent to which they

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Friends of the Earth statement on EU-U.S. summit

Source: Foe.org

Posted Mar. 26, 2014 / Posted by: Adam Russell

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON, D.C. – As U.S. President Obama makes his first visit to Brussels and the EU institutions today, Friends of the Earth is demanding that environmental and health protection is put top of the agenda on both continents.

President Obama will meet European Commission President Barroso to discuss the ongoing EU-U.S. trade negotiations,

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Termination Bilateral Investment Treaty

Source: Indonesia.nlembassy.org

Indonesia has informed the Netherlands that it has decided to terminate the Bilateral Investment Treaty (official title: Agreement between the Government of the Republic Indonesia and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Promotion and Protection of Investment) per July 1, 2015.

From that date onwards the provisions of the Agreement will continue to apply only to investments made prior

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What is a trade deal for if it doesn’t even create trade?: Trade diversion through TTIP will affect European integration, the environment and workers

Source: Ttip2014.eu

25 March 2014

Guest blog: Trade diversion through TTIP will affect European integration, the environment and workers.

Werner Hager & Matthieu Choblet, RWTH Aachen University

European integration has many purposes, among which maintaining peace is certainly the most valuable. Yet, the main incentives for integration by means of the European Community and the European Union were the growing economic

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Investor treaties in trouble

Source: Thestar.com

March 24, 2014

by Martin Khor

Several countries are reviewing these agreements, prompted by the number of cases brought by foreign companies who claim that changes in government policies affect their future profits.

THE tide is turning against investment treaties that allow foreign investors to take up cases against host governments and claim compensation of up to billions of dollars.

Indonesia

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