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Letter of solidarity with the victims of Chevron
The signatories of this letter wish to express their rejection of this decision and their support for the people of Ecuador and the organizations that have defended the communities affected by Chevron Texaco.
International tribunal rules for Chevron in Ecuador case
Ecuador found liable for violating international law, supporting fraud and corruption.
Eurogroup for Animals launches a study on biodiversity provisions in EU FTAs
Trade and Sustainable Development provisions in EU FTAs remain aspirational and there is no clear trend of improvement.
Tourist trap: Is tourism’s explosive growth hurting countries?
Foreign investors in tourism have a long and successful history of using investor–state dispute settlement (ISDS) under investment treaties.
Why the US and EU trade models are both bad for people and the planet
If the US and the EU follow through with their commitments, the new trade relationship would mean more fracking in the US and an attack on European standards for genetically modified organisms, chemicals and other sensitive issues.
RCEP: India must uphold peoples’ rights and welfare
Joining the RCEP would definitely have economic, social and environmental costs for India. Threats to the livelihoods of millions of farmers and workers due to cheaper imports are real and present danger.
Sustainable trade? Testing the EU-Indonesia free trade agreement
The agreement scores only 4.5 out of 20 points on a sustainability check of the draft texts - a clear fail.
China Belt and Road scheme brings warnings from scientists and environmentalists
Scientists and environmentalists are warning that China’s vast “Silk Road” global infrastructure initiative could cause permanent environmental damage unless it’s carefully handled.
Mercosur: Don’t sacrifice our food standards and tropical forests for trade
The trade agreement currently being negotiated by the EU and Mercosur will increase deforestation and accelerate the demise of European farmers by subjecting them to unfair competition.
Results of Gabriel’s lawsuit against Romania may be known late 2019
Gabriel Resources will have to wait until late 2019 to find out whether Romania will have to pay it $4.4 billion in alleged losses related to the company’s Rosia Montana gold and silver project.
A globalisation for people, not business
Globalisation is in crisis because of its almost totalitarian outreach to all areas of everyday life. People feel a loss of control, because their way of life is perceived as subject to trade requests solely for the benefit of globally acting firms.
Legitimising an unsustainable approach to trade
Simply throwing labour (or the environment, or sustainable development) objectives into the FTA mix adds a facade of legitimacy to the process of “deep integration” of neoliberal economic polices which are inherently antagonistic to these objectives.
NAFTA talks have ignored environmental concerns
NAFTA 2.0 could increase pollution that threatens our communities.
Federal Court ruling sparks renewed criticism of NAFTA investor-state dispute resolution
A Federal Court ruling in favour of an American company that is seeking millions in damages from Canada has prompted environmental groups to renew their calls for Ottawa to push to scrap the NAFTA Chapter 11 investor-state dispute resolution system during the ongoing free trade renegotiations with the United States and Mexico.
NAFTA ruling on quarry worries experts
Environmental law experts are concerned about the broader implications of a recent federal court dismissal of Canada’s application to overturn a NAFTA tribunal ruling.
Canada loses bid to overturn NAFTA ruling on rebuffed N.S. quarry
New Jersey company behind quarry proposal in Digby Neck claims damages of $443M US in lost profits.
Cruising around investment cases against the Caribbean islands
Since 1973, the sovereign islands of the Caribbean Sea, have concluded over 140 international investment agreements. The ICSID Convention is in force in all islands except Antigua & Barbuda, Cuba, Dominica, and the Dominican Republic.
Setting course for sustainable trade – a new trade agenda that serves people and the environment
We urgently need a new trade regime which can help address global challenges and tackle problems like accelerating climate change, a broken agricultural model and loss of trust in democratic processes.
EU wants legal assurance Britain won’t lower environmental standards after Brexit
The European Union wants Britain to promise not to lower its environmental protection standards after it leaves the EU, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said.
How free trade hypocrisies are hurting our world
Rich countries have made our current trade rules and made sure that these rules suit their needs, providing few means for people in poor countries to protect themselves from aggressive export policies.