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Canada ordered to pay US concrete company $7M in NAFTA case
Long-running case began after New Jersey company’s bid to open a quarry in Nova Scotia rejected in 2007
EU-New Zealand FTA: Trade and Sustainable Development draft chapter (EU proposal, Feb 2019)
As released by the European Commission
Just, open and green
Trade is for and about people. It should never be separated from its social context. Trade should improve people’s lives and the public good.
Trumped-up: EU-US trade deal spells climate disaster
The EU now imports 112 percent more US soy than a year ago, flooding the market to feed EU factory farms. Bad news for animal welfare, bad news for the environment.
US soy for producing biofuels, an ‘unsustainable’ giveaway to Trump
The European Commission is set to authorise imports of soybeans from the US to produce biofuels. Soy has a comparably bad environmental impact as palm oil, say experts.
US agribusiness lobby calls on Trump to target UK food and environment rules in Brexit trade deal
American negotiators urged to push the UK into scrapping regulations on pesticides, genetically-modified crops, and the production of chicken and meat products
Corporate social responsibility clauses in investment treaties
Corporate social responsibility provisions do not change the corporate or ethical duties of companies into enforceable legal obligations in the context of dispute settlement proceedings but they could help significantly moralize the use of treaty-based arbitration.
Maude Barlow. Water isn’t a business, it’s a fundamental right we must protect
CETA and other trade treaties don’t consider water as a basic necessity, they consider it as an investment, as something that can be traded through private services.
The fossil fuel era is coming to an end, but the lawsuits are just beginning
Westmoreland Coal is suing Canada because it did not receive a transition payment following Alberta’s coal phaseout plan. For the province, coal mining companies have no role to play in the energy transition.
The legal clause which could allow Adani to sue Australia
Global corporations should not have special legal rights to undermine the policies of democratically elected governments.
The EU’s trade challenge
The international trading system is facing a crisis – but protectionism isn’t the biggest test EU leaders must deal with.
International investment law and sustainable development: Key cases from the 2010s
The selection of 10 key cases for this book has been made based on investment disputes that have implications for sustainable development, in its three dimensions: economic development, social development and environmental protection.
How the lobbies used the threat of ISDS to neuter the Hulot Act
The documents highlight for the first time the pressure placed on the French parliament by a foreign company’s threat to use the ISDS mechanism.
Trump’s NAFTA deal threatens our air, water, and climate
More outsourcing of pollution and jobs, handouts to corporate polluters, and climate denial
From Quito: Pablo Fajardo & Donald Moncayo
Pablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer for the communities who have been fighting for 25 years for compensation for the severe pollution in the amazon region, and Donald Moncayo, one of the coordinators of the organization that has led this campaign talk about the Chevron case.
Liz Truss slams regulations in speech to US think tank backing environmental roll-back after Brexit
Treasury minister was speaking on the same day the Cato Institute called for softer environmental rules and NHS competition.
Costa Rica wins case against investors’ beach front property
ICSID tribunal rules Costa Rica was in its right to stop a tourist construction project on the Pacific coast that violated environmental laws.
The EU-Japan free trade deal: a threat to the fight against illegal timber?
The deal’s impact on efforts to halt illegal logging and the tradein illegal timber remains an area of deep concern.
Rethinking international investment governance: Principles for the 21st century
The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment is hosting a two-day conference on rethinking international investment governance, which seeks to elaborate principles for a progressive investment agenda.
From the indigenous peoples’ environmental catastrophe in the Amazon to the investors’ dispute on denial of justice: the Chevron v. Ecuador August 2018 PCA arbitral award and the dearth of international environmental remedies for private victims
The task no longer lies with interpreting investment treaties alone and trying to reform investment arbitration in general – but designing an entirely cohesive system for international environmental justice that is open to the actual victims of environmental disasters and not just the States that often fail to genuinely represent them.