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.


Who really wins more ISDS cases – governments or corporations?

Source: Opendemocracy.net

THOMAS MC DONAGH 16 July 2015 What campaigners need to know about a recent change in UN Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) statistics.

Last week the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released its annual World Investment Report. The report is an important source of information for researchers on the notorious Investor State Dispute System (ISDS). It highlights trends in the global trade

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Why Some Leaders in Poorer Countries are Championing the Environment

Source: Triplecrisis.com

July 9, 2015

Robin Broad and John Cavanagh

We have heard surprise expressed that two religious leaders from poorer countries, Pope Francis from Argentina and Cardinal Turskon from Ghana, have emerged as leading voices for action on the environment with their compelling June 2015 encyclical.  The surprise comes from the assumption that poorer countries invariably prioritize economic growth and financial revenues—not the environment—and that only

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Peoples Sovereignty vs. Impunity Inc.: Counterpower and Struggles for Justice

Source: Ips-dc.org


A new book from the Transnational Institute (TNI) includes the article “The Pacific Rim – Oceana Gold Case against El Salvador; impunity and violations of human rights, democracy and human rights”, written by IPS Associate Fellow Manuel Perez-Rocha.

​Violations of human rights and the rights of peoples and nature have become inherent to transnational corporations’ operations and can only

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Infographic: Lessons from NAFTA for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Source: Ips-dc.org


Two decades of high costs for Mexico’s agriculture, economy, families, and environment.


Manuel Pérez-Rocha is an associate fellow with the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Max Gibbons is an advocacy intern with the Interconnections Project at the Institute for Policy

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Francis vs. Washington: Lawmakers and the White House are at odds with the pope’s vision for protecting the planet

Source: Otherwords.org

June 24, 2015

By John Cavanagh

Pope Francis, the humble yet bold leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has offered an inspiring 21st century vision to all people. It’s a vision that’s been sorely missing in the halls of power.

In an encyclical focused on the environment, he details how we can save the planet while helping billions of the world’s poor in this life

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Six Ways TPP Opponents Have Won—Even as Fast Track Advances

Source: Yesmagazine.org

June 24, 2015

By Sarah Anderson

I tried to stay emotionally distanced from this one. It didn’t work. When the White House and Republican leaders got the votes they needed in the Senate to advance “fast track” Trade Promotion Authority on Tuesday, June 23, it was crushing.

Democratic congressional leaders did not roll over for this vote.

All observers agree that fast track will

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Senators: Read This Before Your Trade Vote

Source: Ips-dc.org

Rep. Bonior’s Historic NAFTA Speech Speaks Volumes Today


On November 17, 1993, Rep. David Bonior of Michigan, the Democratic House Whip, made a plea to his colleagues to listen to the voices of working people everywhere and reject the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). His speech failed to prevent passage of a trade deal that tilted the

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What JFK wouldn’t have liked about Obama’s trade agenda by Sarah Anderson

Source: Fortune.com

JUNE 16, 2015

By  Sarah Anderson

As the president tries to save the Trans-Pacific Partnership this week, debates over the goals of free trade intensifies.

As President Obama scrambles to salvage his trade agenda this week, his top emissary to Japan is appealing to Democrats by lifting up one of the party’s most beloved icons — her father.

In “My Dad, JFK, Was for Free

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Supporting NAFTA Was the Kiss of Death for Democrats –Why Dems Should Think Twice About Voting for TPP

Source: Alternet.org

June 8, 2015

By Sarah Anderson / AlterNet As President Obama twists arms to pass “fast track,” a look back at the Democrats who helped Clinton win the bloody trade battle of 1993.

It’s serious flashback time for those involved in the 1993 debate over the North America Free Trade Agreement. With the “fast track” trade vote expected as early as this Thursday, a Democratic president is

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TTIP – Why the World Should Beware

Source: Rosalux-europa.info

Working paper by Manuel Pérez-Rocha. In cooperation with IATP, IPS, FOCUS and TNI. Brussels, June 2015

June 5, 2015

The trade and investment partnership TTIP, which is currently being negotiated between the EU and the US, will affect the whole world. But the other world regions, like the BRICS or the Global South are being excluded from the trade negotiations and hardly get

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Fast Track Bill Ignores Lessons of Financial Crisis

Source: Ips-dc.org


Congress and the Obama administration make clear they have not learned from two decades of failed trade policies and a devastating financial crisis in pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership forward.

In a move that elicited a collective groan from virtually all of progressive America, the Obama administration and congressional Republicans reached a deal on April 16 on so-called “fast

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Interviews from Washington – US/Latin American Relations

Source: Vimeo.com

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This week’s edition of Interviews from Washington looks at the current state of US-Latin American relations in light of the upcoming Summit of the Americas, slated later this week in Panama City. Program host Jorge Gestoso interviews Manuel Perez Rocha, analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies. They discuss, among other topics, Washington’s widely applauded opening

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Advice for Hillary Clinton on Her Brother’s Bad Judgment 

Source: Thenation.com

March 25, 2015

By John Cavanagh

Tony Rodham’s involvement in a gold-mining operation in Haiti is under scrutiny. 

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Hillary Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham is on the advisory board of a company that is trying to mine gold in Haiti. No one should be judged based on decisions made by family members, but here is why Hillary Clinton

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From Gold Country to the Golden Triangle

Source: Ips-dc.org


Hundreds denounced a secret tribunal housed at the World Bank that is getting ready to rule on a case that could determine the future of El Salvador’s water supply.

Three environmental and human rights heroes came to Washington from gold country in El Salvador this week to protest in front of the oversized World Bank headquarters, at the southern

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Economic negotiations: Pakistan rejects US draft of investment treaty

Source: Tribune.com.pk

By Shahbaz Rana March 13, 2015 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has rejected the United States’ proposed draft of a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between the two countries, saying the acceptance of the US template would carry ‘dangerous obligations’ for the country. 

“Our understanding is that the US template of the BIT was not in the best interest of the country,” said Federal Minister for Commerce, Khurram Dastgir

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Is ICSID heading in the wrong direction?

Source: Bilaterals.org

March 3, 2015

GAR | 24 Feb 2015

Is ICSID heading in the wrong direction?

As ICSID celebrates the 50th anniversary of its creation this week, a former acting secretary general of the centre, Nassib Ziadé, says it’s time to talk about some of its problems – including flawed appointment processes and a lack of guidance on arbitrator challenges.

For several years

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New bilateral investment treaty model

Source: Dawn.com


The Board of Investment is working on Pakistan’s own template of a bilateral investment treaty, which will replace the existing treaties with different countries. And all the future ones will be negotiated on the new template.

An essential element of the country’s own BIT model would be to safeguard the interests of the state. The government of Pakistan

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France makes U-turn on TTIP arbitration

Source: Euractiv.com


Paris has warned French MEPs not to shut the door on Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanisms by voting against ISDS. EurActiv France reports.

In a letter to French MEPs, seen by EurActiv France, the French Secretariat General for European Affairs (SGAE) appears to have made a U-turn on the position so far defended by Mathias Fekl, the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

Source: Washingtonpost.com

By Elizabeth Warren February 25 Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, represents Massachusetts in the Senate.

The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries. Who will benefit from the TPP? American workers? Consumers? Small businesses? Taxpayers? Or the biggest multinational corporations in the world?

One strong hint is

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Update on Indonesia BITs Review

Source: Igj.or.id

Februari 24, 2015

Suasana diskusi bersama Direktur Kerjasama Bilateral BKPM (18/02/15), Bapak Fritz Horas Silalahi (pojok kiri), membahas mengenai progress review BITs di Indonesia. Hadir dalam diskusi tersebut (Ka-Ki) Rika Febriani (IGJ), Hexa (Kruha), Lutfiyah Hanim (TWN), dan Rachmi Hertanti (IGJ).

Jakarta, 18 Februari 2015. Indonesia for Global Justice (IGJ) bersama jaringan Masyarakat Sipil Indonesia bertemu dengan Direktur Kerjasama Bilateral Badan Koordinasi

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Canada being sued for billions under NAFTA investor protections

Source: Thestar.com / By Les Whittington / January, 13 2015

TTIP: Activists triumph as contentious US free trade deal clause suspended

Source: Independent.co.uk / January 13, 2014

European Commission publishes TTIP legal texts as part of transparency initiative

Source: Europa.eu / European Commission – Press release / Brussels, 07 January 2015

Commission consultation on investor rights in TTIP makes a mockery of democracy

Source: Corporateeurope.org / January 13, 2015

Stopping the Biggest Corporate Power Grab in Years

Source: Fpif.org / By Arthur Stamoulis / January 6, 2015

DECODED: How Companies Sue Countries (and what it means for environmental laws)

Source: Beaconreader.com / By Amy Westervelt / January 5, 2015

How CETA’s Investor Protection Rules threaten the Public Good in Canada and the EU

Source: Tni.org / By Pia Eberhardt, Blair Redlin, Cecile Toubeau / November 18, 2014

The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia

Source: Tni.org / By Hilde van der Pas, Riza Damanik / November 12, 2014

The State of Play in Vattenfall v. Germany II: Leaving the German public in the dark

Source: IISD.org / By Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Martin Dietrich Brauch/ December 24, 2014

Short film: Investor State Dispute Settlement and Financial Crises

Source: Weed-online.org / December 10, 2014

Expert Meeting on Transformation of the International Investment Agreement Regime

Source: Investmentpolicyhub.unctad.org / December, 2014

Case Studies: Investor-State Attacks on Public Interest Policies

Source: Citizen.org / December, 2014

International Investment Rules “Out of Sync” with 21st Century Challenges; Speech at UN preparatory event for the Financing for Development Summit

Source: Ips-dc.org / By Sarah Anderson / December 11, 2014