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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
2-Sep-2015 Flush the TPPThe outcome of such a process, based on what we know so far, is what one might reasonably expect: “a wishlist of the 1%–a worldwide corporate power”.
1-Sep-2015 Prensa RuralEl libre comercio se predica como el arreglo óptimo para expandir la producción, reducir los costos de ésta y, como tal, reducir los precios del consumo, lo que en el largo plazo incrementaría la igualdad en el ingreso. Todo esto puede ser cierto. Nunca lo sabremos, puesto que nunca de los nuncas hemos conocido un mundo de libre comercio.
1-Sep-2015 Third World NetworkLess well known than the notorious Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is engendering growing opposition because of its similar oppressive provisions.
31-Aug-2015 Global Justice NowIn the UK and across Europe, TTIP Free Zones are popping up like people power mushrooms.
28-Aug-2015 ALAIOrganizaciones sindicales, sociales y civiles llaman a crear un frente amplio versus políticas de libre comercio.
27-Aug-2015 Blastingnews.comUna Iniciativa Ciudadana Europea pide apoyos para frenar el TTIP y el CETA.
26-Aug-2015 TNIWhile TTIP is currently the center of attention, our world leaders discuss TiSA, an extensive service agreement meant to put (public) services, like the water supply, in the hands of the international market.
25-Aug-2015 Rojo y Negro
Del 10 al 17 de octubre unámonos a las marchas, manifestaciones masivas y organicemos acciones locales por toda EuropaDel 10 al 17 de octubre unámonos a las marchas, manifestaciones masivas y organicemos acciones locales por toda Europa y América del Norte. ¡No al TTIP, CETA, TPP y TISA!
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