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  • Alberto Arroyo, RMALC, México
  • Angel Ibarra, Unidad Ecológica Salvadoreña, El Salvador
  • Elizabeth Peredo Beltran, Fundación Solón, Bolivia
  • Sebastian Valdomir, REDES Amigos de las Tierras, Uruguay
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  • Maude Barlow, Council of the Canadians, Canada
  • David Schneiderman, University of Toronto, Canada
  • William Waren, Forum on Democracy & Trade, United States
  • Sarah Anderson and Manuel Perez Rocha, Institute for Policy Studies, United States
  • Jim Shultz, Democracy Center, Bolivia
  • Graciela Rodríguez, Equit/REBRIP, Brasil
  • Brid Brennan, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam

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Manuel Perez Rocha
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Aldo Orellana Lopez
The Democracy Center aldo@democracyctr.org

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Newsletter # 30
January, 2015

Dear friends,

Welcome to newsletter # 30 of the Network for Justice in Global Investment (NJGI).

The year 2014 will be remembered for the enormous backlash against the investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms in bilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements. The issue has moved from obscurity to occupy a central place in major newspapers around the world and a subject of great controversy in multiple trade and investment negotiations. This year we will continue working to overturn these unfair rules designed by and for corporations.

We wish you a happy and productive year!

Your friends at the Democracy Center in Cochabamba Bolivia and at the Global Economy Project of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

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Remember that more resources and analysis about the debate on global investment rules are available on our website.  You can also follow us on Facebook here and on Twitter @JustNJGI.

In Focus – Campaigns & Strategy

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

When Corporations Sue Governments

Source: Nytimes.com / December 3, 2014 / Op ed by Manuel Pérez-Rocha in the New York Times and International New York Times

What ‘Free Trade’ Has Done to Central America

Source: Thenation.com / Manuel Pérez-Rocha, Julia Paley and Foreign Policy In Focus / November 24, 2014

Fracking, Free Trade Agreements, and the Mechanisms of Corporate Power

Source: Democracyctr.org / By Thomas Mc Donagh / October 16, 2014

“Remembering the Tokyo No Fifty Years Later: When 21 Countries Opposed World Bank Plans for an Investor-State Dispute Institution”

Source: Triplecrisis.com / By Robin Broad / December, 2014

Corporate Conquistadors: The Many Ways Multinationals Both Drive and Profit from Climate Destruction

By Democracy Center – Corporate Europe Observatory – Transnational Institute / December, 2014

In Focus – Analysis & Opinion

Other Hot Topics:

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

Venezuela Loses Chilean/Swiss Expropriation Case at World Bank ICSID Tribunal

Source: Laht.com / November, 2014

Gold Reserve wins US$740M in ‘stunning victory’ against Venezuela

Source: Northernminer.com / October 22, 2014

Tide turns on investor treaties

Source: Thestar.com.my / By Martin Khor / November 24, 2014

South Africa and Ecuador Lead By Example; Investment Treaties Bring More Risk Than Benefit

Source: Triplecrisis.com / By Kevin Gallagher / November, 2014

Chinese corporations allowed to sue Australian government under free trade agreement

Source: Smh.com.au / By Gareth Hutchens/ November 18, 2014

China free trade: is there a devil in the detail?

Source: Abc.net.au / By Kyla Tienhaara / November 16, 2014

The Corporate Assault on Latin American Democracy

Source: Counterpunch.org / By Justin Doolittle / November 3, 2014

Why support the TPP when it will let foreign corporations take our democracies to court?

Source: Theguardian.com / By Melissa Parke / October 29, 2014

Media coverage of AFTINET protest at TPP Ministers meeting October 25

Source: Aftinet.org.au / October, 2014

Trans-Pacific Partnership piles up challenges for democracy

Source: Theconversation.com / By Pat Ranald / October 20, 2014

Canada Braces for EU Trade Pact Dispute With Germany

Source: Mobile.bloomberg.com / By Brian Parkin and Rainer Buergin / Octubre 08, 2014

Dutch Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Award for Chevron against Ecuador

Source: Asil.org / By Caitlin Behles / October 3, 2014

Harper, EU leaders celebrate trade deal they haven’t sealed

Source: Cbc.ca / September 26, 2014


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