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Court enforces ICSID award
This case involves a dispute between TECO, an energy company incorporated in the United States, and the Republic of Guatemala, over electricity rates.
Trans-local mining activism connects Nevada and Guatemala in growing movement of resource nationalism
In December of 2018, KCA filed a $300 million-dollar arbitration claim against the government of Guatemala under CAFTA-DR.
Over 200 organizations denounce multimillion dollar suit brought by US mining firm against Guatemala
The company filed the suit in December 2018 for alleged violations of the Central America–Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).
Inconsistency’s many forms in investor-state dispute settlement and implications for reform
New briefing explores potential sources of inconsistency in ISDS, from divergent interpretations of provisions to decisions inconsistent with societal objectives, and the way forward.
APM Terminals could file case against Guatemala
APM Terminals, the Spanish subsidiary of Danish company Maersk group, has informed the Guatemalan government of its intention to start arbitration proceedings over a ruling that voids its concession contract to operate a container terminal in Quetzal.
Miner planning US$300mn Guatemala arbitration
Exmingua is planning to launch arbitration proceedings against Guatemala following the suspension of its Tambor gold project.
Being a trade unionist in Guatemala will get you killed
A chapter on labor issues within CAFTA was to provide an improved environment for labor rights. But the Guatemalan state has consistently failed to implement these protections.
U.S. trade policy fails workers
This decision drives home the fact that U.S. trade deals do not protect workers. In truth, this failure is by design—labor chapters were not meant to work efficiently or effectively.
After nine years, arbitrators bounce AFL-CIO complaint on Guatemala labor conditions
“The panel’s decision flies in the face of common sense. Guatemala’s failure to protect its workers and enforce its own laws is apparent to nearly everyone except the arbitrators.”
Guatemala off the hook in CAFTA labor case
The U.S., for the most part, lost its first challenge of another country’s adherence to the labor rules under a trade deal.
Guatemala agrees to early poultry tariff elimination
Guatemala has agreed to eliminate its 12.5 percent tariff on U.S. fresh, frozen and chilled poultry products under the U.S.-DR-CAFTA free trade agreement
TECO subsidiary awarded $21 million
A TECO Energy subsidiary has won a $21.1 million award in a business claim against the government of Guatemala.
Guatemala labor case drags on
A long-running dispute over Guatemala’s compliance with the labor provisions in the Central American Free Trade Agreement won’t be resolved soon.
Rural communities’ struggle against US-owned mine continues in Guatemalan Supreme Court
The long-running struggle of rural communities in Guatemala against the United States-based mining firm Kappes, Cassiday, and Associates (KCA) continues in Guatemala’s national courts.
Mining company threatens Guatemala with lawsuit in USA
The Guatemala Mining Explorations (Exmingua) threatens with filing a lawsuit against Guatemala after being forced to suspend operations by decree of the Constitutional Court .
Migrants from the South, the contemporary faces of exclusion and marginalization
Today’s migrations, as macro international displacements of hundreds of thousands of people with or without documents — in many cases in precarious conditions of transit — have been and are one of the social processes that characterize what is happening in different latitudes of the earth since in the new century, in the global context of neoliberal economic restructuring directed by transnational enterprises and the capitalist countries of the first world.
As US promotes TPP as a way to improve labor standards, Guatemala shows failed promises of previous trade deals
When Guatemala joined CAFTA in 2006, proponents of the deal said it would improve conditions for workers. Seven years later, Guatemala was named the most dangerous country for trade unionists. Supporters of the TPP are making many of the same promises.
Think free-trade deals can raise labor standards? This case suggests otherwise
The Obama administration promotes the TPP as “the most progressive trade bill in history,” with the highest labor standards yet but similar promises have been trotted out to justify every free-trade agreement from NAFTA on.
Guatemala sets up a commission to defend the US claim
The Government of Guatemala set up an inter-agency commission to support its dispute settlement process. The Commission will support Guatemala’s defence in the labour proceedings initiated by the United States.
Guatemala and the United States commence arbitration
45 days after putting into motion an arbitral panel for violation of labour rights, the Office of US Trade Representative (USTR) will today present the basis for its claims against Guatemala under CAFTA-DR.