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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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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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After South Africa, Indonesia takes a brave decision to terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaty with the Netherlands

Fuente: Tni.org

PRESS RELEASE: Indonesia for Global Justice – Both ENDS – Centre for Research on Multinational Corporation (SOMO) – Transnational Institute (TNI) 24 March 2014

Last week, the Indonesian government announced that it will terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with the Netherlands. With this move, Indonesia joins the growing number of countries concerned about the excessive corporate rights enshrined in investment agreements.

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Indonesia indicates intention to terminate all of its bilateral investment treaties?

Source: Bilaterals.org 24-March-2014

Lexology | March 20 2014

This news is now confirmed by VP Boediono

Indonesia indicates intention to terminate all of its bilateral investment treaties?

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Craig Tevendale and Vanessa Naish

According to the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia has informed the Netherlands that it has decided to terminate the Bilateral Investment Treaty between the two nations from 1

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Obama’s on his way to Brussels to negotiate a ‘Polluters Pact’

Source: TTIP2014.eu

24 March 2014

TTIP a genuine threat to our environment, and our democracy. It’s time to stop this polluters’ pact in its tracks, before it’s too late.

Keith Taylor, MEP, European Green/EFA Group

Across Europe, anti-fracking campaigns have been picking up momentum. Yet this movement could soon be spectacularly crushed.

From Romania to Poland to the UK, local uprisings amongst affected communities

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Investor treaties in trouble

Source: Thestar.com.my

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 has

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ECUADOR MOVES FORWARD IN FTA NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION UNDER THE NAME ‘MULTIPARTY AGREEMENT’

Source: Ecuadordecidenotlc.blogspot.com

The second round of the FTA with the EU was announced for the 24th March in the city of Manta on the Ecuadorian coast.

As the negotiations move forward the contradictions are ever clearer and the questions from the social movements remain unanswered.

In statements featured in the newspaper Ecuador Inmediato on the 21st of March this year, the European External Action

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Trading Away Democracy

Source: Fpif.org

By Andrew Erwin, March 21, 2014.

Far from simply removing tariffs, the proposed “free trade” agreement between the United States and the European Union undermines representative democracy.

A proposed U.S.-EU “free-trade” agreement is much less about reducing tariffs and more about weakening the power of average citizens to defend themselves against corporate labor and environmental abuses. (Flickr: Global2000 / Flickr)

Earlier

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New Study Shows Dangers of Trade Agreements that Help Corporations Sue Governments

Source: Triplecrisis.com

March 18, 2014

Robin Broad and John Cavanagh

As the Obama administration negotiates new trade agreements with European and Pacific nations, a battle has emerged over the agreements’ egregious rules that grant giant corporations unreasonable powers to subvert democracy. These rules, dubbed “investor rights” by the corporations, allow firms to sue governments over actions—including public interest regulations—that reduce the value of their

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Debunking Eight Falsehoods by Pacific Rim Mining / OceanaGold in El Salvador

Source: Ips-dc.org

Released March 18, 2014

Contributors include Robin Broad, John Cavanagh, Manuel Perez-Rocha.

A new study debunks eight falsehoods the mining corporation OceanaGold has used to try to justify mining in El Salvador and undermine public debate and policymaking.

Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining, recently acquired by Australian-Canadian firm OceanaGold, has been trying to access gold deposits in northern El Salvador for close to a

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Europeans prepare for war against U.S. and Canadian FTAs

Source: Canadians.org

March 18, 2014

By Stuart Trew

[Photo: Mike Dolan of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters addresses a crowd of 350 anti-TTIP protesters outside the European Commission in Brussels, March 13, 2014]

When Canadian politicians go to Europe it’s often to sell them something they don’t want to buy.

Like Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s northern development minister, who told a WTO appeals body meeting

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Multilateral investment disciplines: Don’t forget the GATS!

Source: Vcc.columbia.edu

Columbia FDI Perspectives

Perspectives on topical foreign direct investment issues by the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment

No. 117, March 17, 2014 Editor-in-Chief: Karl P. Sauvant (Karl.Sauvant@law.columbia.edu) Managing Editor: Shawn Lim (shawnlwk@gmail.com)

 

Multilateral investment disciplines: Don’t forget the GATS!

by Rudolf Adlung*

 

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” 

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Sign the petition to candidates running in the 2014 European elections: Stop the TTIP and CETA!

Source: Bilaterals.org

6-March-2014

TTIP unfairhandelbar | 6 March 2014

Common Welfare over Economic Interests: Stop the TTIP and CETA!

A message for candidates running in the 2014 European Parliament elections

At the moment, the European Union is negotiating with the United States of America and Canada the terms of far-reaching trade and investment agreements (TTIP and CETA).

1. As public citizens, we

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Are European leaders about to give corporations the power to overrule our laws?

Source: Action.sumofus.org

“Stop negotiating the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) and don’t give corporations the power to overturn our laws through “investor-state dispute settlement”.

Sign the petition to European leaders

Right now, Europe and the USA are negotiating a huge corporate power grab affecting literally millions of European and American citizens.

The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (or TTIP) is called a “trade treaty”. But

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How corporations and lawyers are scavenging profits from Europe’s crisis countries

Source: Tni.org

7 March 2014

By Cecilia Olivet, Pia Eberhardt

Corporations, backed by lawyers, use international investment agreements to scavenge for profits by suing Europe’s crisis countries. While speculators making risky investments are protected, ordinary people have no such protection and – through harsh austerity policies – are being stripped of basic social rights.

Profiting from Crisis (pdf, 943KB)

Press release

Executive summaries in

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TAKE ACTION NOW & MAKE A SUBMISSION

Source: Peter-whish-wilson.greensmps.org.au

14 Mar 2014

By Peter Whish-Wilson

The purpose of the Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Act 2014 is to protect Australian laws by banning Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions. The Bill has been referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation committee for inquiry.

If you have concerns with ISDS and support protecting Australian laws by banning ISDS,

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The Trojan Horse in Our Secretive Trade Agreements

Source: Scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au

By Scott Ludlam

There is growing concern and resistance in Australian and international communities around secretive global trade negotiations designed to push the profits of vested interests and give corporations more power over sovereign nations and domestic regulations. Leaked chapters from the massive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations provide clear and chilling examples of the negotiated intent to give new modern

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U.S. Chamber defends investor-state provision in TTIP

March 12, 2014

By Doug Palmer

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday urged U.S. and European Union negotiators to include an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism in a proposed free-trade agreement despite concerns raised by labor, environmental and public interest groups about the impact of the measure on government regulation.

“After three years of intense discussion, including all stakeholders, the Obama administration decided that

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On the Wrong Side of Globalization

Source: Opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

March 15, 2014

By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ

Trade agreements are a subject that can cause the eyes to glaze over, but we should all be paying attention. Right now, there are trade proposals in the works that threaten to put most Americans on the wrong side of globalization.

The conflicting views about the agreements are actually tearing at the fabric of the

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Citizens turn up the volume on troubled TTIP negotiations

Source: Corporateeurope.org

March 10-14th saw the latest round of the highly controversial EU-US free trade negotiations take place in Brussels. But while the industry’s 50 leading CEO’s, known collectively as the European Roundtable of Industrialists, proclaimed it their responsibility to ensure the deal was passed ‘with as little noise as possible’, citizens from both sides of the Atlantic had other, rather noisy (and sometimes

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