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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.


World Bank Tribunal Weighs Final Arguments in El Salvador Mining Dispute

Source: Ipsnews.net

By Carey L. Biron

WASHINGTON, Sep 16 2014 (IPS) - A multilateral arbitration panel here began final hearings Monday in a contentious and long-running dispute between an international mining company and the government of El Salvador.

An Australian mining company, OceanaGold, is suing the Salvadoran government for refusing to grant it a gold-mining permit that has been pending for much of the past decade.

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Teamsters, Global Public Sector Trade Unions Warn Of Consequences Of Trade Policies

Source: Teamster.org / September 16, 2014

Fracking for energy independence? Not under TTIP

Source: Contributoria.com / by Clare Speak / September, 2014 (Find more information about TTIP here)

Shortcomings in Dutch Government study on Investor – State Arbitration

Source: Vrijschrift.org / September 4, 2014

More Philip Morris Style Cases Is The Very Point Of The Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership

Source: Forbes.com Forbes Opinion By Tim Worstall August 13, 2014

Statement on the historic Resolution of the UNHRC on a Binding Treaty for Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

Source: Stopcorporateimpunity.org / September, 2014

ALP and Greens MPs reject Korea Free Trade Agreement after Parliamentary Committee review

Source: Aftinet.org.au

The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties issued conflicting reports in its review of the Korea Australia Free Trade agreement (KAFTA), which were tabled in Parliament on August 4, 2014.

The government has a majority on the committee, so it is no surprise that the majority report, although critical of aspects of KAFTA, recommends that Parliament should pass legislation to implement the agreement.

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Outside the World Bank protesters dispute mining and water pollution in El Salvador

Source: Hispaniclinkdc.org

September 15, 2014

By Vanessa Hornedo Hispanic Link News Service

WASHINGTON — A case being heard behind the doors of the World Bank may decide whether millions living in El Salvador may be forced to find a way to survive without a drinkable water source.

In the case, which held its first hearing Monday in Washington, members of the World Bank Group’s

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Oxfam America Protests Mining Company OceanaGold For Lawsuit Against El Salvador

Source: Latintimes.com

By Latin Times | Sep 15 2014

Local resident looks over a valley in Cabañas, where Oceana Gold proposes to establish a gold mine against the wishes of farmers in the area. Jeff Deutsch/Oxfam

Washington, DC—International relief and development organization Oxfam America called on mining company OceanaGold to drop a lawsuit against El Salvador as hearings in the case begin today. The company

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Australia: ISDS: The devil in the trade deal

Source: Abc.net.au / September 14, 2014 (Find more information about Australia here)

How Greens in One German State Threaten Euro-Canada Trade Deal

Source: Thetyee.ca

Resistance to CETA sprouts over investor rights vs. government power.

By Andrea Rexer, 12 Sep 2014

The federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which borders the Netherlands in western Germany, is governed by a coalition of Greens and Social Democrats.

The survival of the new trade deal hammered out in secret between Canada and the European Union is threatened by opposed Green politicians

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Comment: Outrage as EU blocks democratic challenge to US trade deal

Source: Politics.co.uk

12 September 2014

By John Hilary

There is something rotten in the state of Europe when an unelected, unaccountable EU body can glibly inform millions of us that we no longer have the right to question its most dangerous and unpopular policies.

This is exactly what has just happened, as the European Commission has announced that it will not allow a European

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Open letter to OceanaGold

Source: Blueplanetproject.net

September 10, 2014

Jim Askew, Chairman of the Board of Directors Michael Wilkes, Managing Director and CEO

We are writing in solidarity with the people of El Salvador demanding that OceanaGold and its subsidiary, Pac Rim Cayman, immediately withdraw their $301 million claim at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) against El Salvador. The people of El Salvador have

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Groups demand Canadian mining company drop suit against El Salvador

Source: Rabble.ca

September 10, 2014

By John Bonnar

Click here to see more photos from the rally.

At a rally Wednesday, organizations from Canada, El Salvador and around the world confronted Canadian-Australian mining company Oceana Gold, whose subsidiary is suing El Salvador for $301 million (USD).

Listen to speeches from the rally. Speakers included Maude Barlow – Council of Canadians, Raul Burbano – Fommon Frontiers,

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Sign the petition to OceanaGold: Most rivers in El Salvador are contaminated — mining is likely to deplete the remaining water

Source: Action.sumofus.org

“Drop the lawsuit against El Salvador!”

Sign the petition here

El Salvador is being sued by Oceana Gold for not granting it a mining license that would threaten the primary source of drinkable water for the whole country.

In a bold and unprecedented move, El Salvador stood up to the mining giant to protect its natural resources from the whims of corporate power.

In 2009,

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Video: Kelvin Thomson MP: Korea-Australia Trade Agreement Sky News Interview

Source: KelvinThomsonMP / September 4, 2014

Trade treaties expose Australia to costly litigation, experts warn

Source: M.smh.com.au

Georgia Wilkins August 30, 2014

‘It is a complete reorganisation of sovereignty.’

Australia risks getting swept up in a wave of litigation by foreign corporations wishing to sue over unfavourable domestic laws, experts warn, after the government rejected a bill to ban controversial trade agreements.

Business groups have backed the government’s decision as good for investors, but the Greens and trade-law

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CETA Leak: Crucial Questions Unanswered

Source: M.thetyee.ca

Latest version of trade deal leaves too much up to non-existent commission, lawyers say.

By Andrea Rexer, 29 Aug 2014

CETA leaves power of foreign investors uncomfortably open to interpretation, lawyers say. Banker image via Shutterstock.

Would you sign a contract for a mortgage if you didn’t know how high the interest rates would be?

That’s a bit like what the Canadian Parliament

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Canada-EU trade deal threatened by EU lawmakers

Source: Cbc.ca

European concerns over environment, sovereignty may sink deal

Aug 28, 2014 10:36 AM ET Thomson Reuters

EU lawmakers are threatening to block a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union — a blueprint for a much bigger EU-U.S. deal — because it would allow firms to sue governments if they breach the treaty.

The agreement with Canada, a

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Senate Inquiry reveals community opposition and dangers of foreign investor rights to sue governments despite claimed “safeguards”

Source: Aftinet.org.au / August 28, 2014

EU agrees rules to manage investor-state disputes

Source: Europa.eu

Brussels, 28 August 2014

European Commission – IP/14/951   28/08/2014

Other available languages: FR DE

European Commission

Press release

 DOC  PDF EU agrees rules to manage investor-state disputesThe European Union today took an important step towards creating a comprehensive EU investment policy, with the publication of a Regulation setting out a new set of rules to manage disputes under

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The “Anti-ISDS Bill” before the Australian Senate

Source: Kluwerarbitrationblog.com / by Luke Nottage, Sydney Law School / August 27, 2014

Labor and Liberal in lock-step on Trojan Horse Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in Trade deals

Source: Media-senatorwhish-wilson.cmail1.com

August 27, 2014

Media Release // Senator Peter Whish-Wilson

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says that when it comes to failing to protect the public interest from corporations being given rights to sue Australia, there is no difference between Labor and Liberal.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Despite the overwhelming weight of evidence presented and submissions received for the

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Progress and significance of Bolivia’s accession to MERCOSUR

Source: Iadb.org

August, 2014

Progress has been made in the last month in the process of Bolivia’s incorporation to MERCOSUR.[1]On the one hand, the Protocol of Bolivia’s Accession to the bloc, signed in December 2012, was ratified by Argentina, and Uruguay enacted a law to the same effect. Paraguay also expressed its intention to move forward in this area and is to open negotiations with the Bolivian Government, as

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Special Privileges: Dr Pat Ranald from AFTINET on Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Source: IP Observatory / August 10, 2014

Don’t let foreign investors sue governments over domestic laws, fair trade groups tell Senate inquiry

Source: Aftinet.org.au / August 6, 2014

S&D Group president Gianni Pittella: “We oppose ISDS mechanism in EU-Canada trade deal”

Source: Socialistsanddemocrats.eu


“The Commission should listen to the concerns voiced by the European Parliament and the S&D Group about the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

“It will be up to the Parliament – the democratic conscience of EU trade policy – to decide whether or not to ratify CETA.


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Sludge Match: Inside Chevron’s $9 Billion Legal Battle With Ecuadorean Villagers

Source: Rollingstone.com / by Alexander Zaitchik / August 28, 2014

Jindal Steel and Power Ltd wins $22.5 million arbitration against Bolivian firm

Source: Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com / Aug 23, 2014

Bolivia Shows How To Dismantle Corporate Sovereignty Provisions In Treaties Without Losing Foreign Investment

Source: Techdirt.com / by Glyn Moody / July 15, 2014

Blue Future: Maude Barlow, Water Rights, Investor Clauses, and Trade Deals

Source: Medium.com / August 5, 2014

Manila a step closer to sealing int’l trade pact

Source: Business.inquirer.net / August 25, 2014

A Chinese-Style Asia-Pacific Partnership

Source: Bjreview.com.cn / August 24, 2014