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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
News from the movements
30-Aug-2016 The NationActivists of various NGOs have urged Asean governments to eliminate investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) draft.
25-Aug-2016 RTSome 2,000 members of the American Postal Workers Union have gathered in Miami where they are officially opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
24-Aug-2016 Deutsche WelleHundreds of thousands of protesters are expected to take to the streets in several German cities to rally against plans to move forward with two key international trade agreements - one year after a similar protest managed to attract similar numbers.
23-Aug-2016 APRNNeither the TPP nor the RCEP, neither the US nor China and their corporations will ever address the long-standing people’s aspiration for an international trading system that responds to their needs.
23-Aug-2016 ScoopCivil society groups, trade unions, church groups, environmentalists, gender activists and many more are calling for Ministers to make no decision on PACER-Plus — a free trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands — until there has been a proper social impact assessment and mandate from the Pacific people who are most likely to be affected.
22-Aug-2016 Radio New ZealandA meeting on Pacific labour mobility under the PACER Plus trade deal has a glaring omission – the voices of organised labour.
Avec de nouveaux accords commerciaux, le vol organisé par les multinationales est légalisé et les semences paysannes deviennent illégalesDe nouveaux accords de libre-échange légalisent le vol organisé par les grandes entreprises et mettent en péril la possibilité pour les agriculteurs de conserver, produire et échanger des semences.
22-Aug-2016 El PaísEl secretario de Relaciones Internacionales del Pit-Cnt, Fernando Gambera, afirmó tras participar del XVI Foro Social Mundial realizado en Montreal (Canadá) que los Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) son una preocupación para todas las centrales sindicales porque "apuntan a degradar las conquistas de los trabajadores".
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