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The emerging crisis of investment treaties
South Bulletin (South Centre, Issue 69, 21 November 2012): The Emerging Crisis of Investment Treaties
This issue of South Bulletin focuses on the emerging crisis of investment treaties. An epidemic of international legal suits taken by companies against governments for billions of dollars is causing public concern and leading to reviews of international investment treaties.
Articles on this issue include:
The emerging crisis of investment treaties – by Martin Khor
Investment treaties criticised at WTO Forum – Report on a NGO session at the WTO Public Forum
South African Trade Minister Robert Davies: New approach needed on investment treaties
South Africa’s review and new policy on BITs - by Xavier Carim, Deputy Director General, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa
Hazards in Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs): Investors’ rights v. public health – by Carlos Correa
Challenges posed by BITs to developing countries - by Mariama Williams
Climate Change UNFCCC Talks: The Interests of Developing Countries at COP 18
LDCs seek exemption from WTO TRIPS agreement
India prepares to supply free generic medicines
Asian countries act to get cheap generic drugs through compulsory licenses
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News from the movements
30-Jul-2015 The Associated PressAbout 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations.
29-Jul-2015 Center for International Environmental LawA coalition of environmental and fair trade organizations are protesting the inclusion of language in the “Customs bill” in the US Congress that would explicitly prevent the United States Trade Representative from seeking to address climate change in trade agreements.
28-Jul-2015 Maui NowA coalition of advocates for the environment, labor, health and native Hawaiians will gather on Kāʻanapali Beach, outside the negotiators’ hotel, to speak out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
27-Jul-2015 APWLDAsia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development have prepared a toolkit for groups that want to join the struggle against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
25-Jul-2015 Malaysia KiniAs the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) enter what could be its last round, we as people living with HIV/Aids (PLHIV), urge the Malaysian government not to trade away our lives.
23-Jul-2015 Intenational Business TimesAnonymous claims responsibility for a cyber-attack conducted against a US government website because of TTIP and TPP talks
22-Jul-2015bilaterals.org and a new ISDS platform to be hosted at bilaterals.org seek to hire a coordinator for their work.
21-Jul-2015 MediapartCommunication faite par Jaques Berthelot le 14 juillet à Bruxelles au cours de l’audition du Parlement européen sur l’Accord de partenariat économique UE-Afrique de l’Ouest.
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