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Responsible investment provisions in international investment treaties: where next?
How international investment treaties could promote more responsible investment and argues that, while some innovative practices are emerging, there is still much to do.
TiSA impact assessment report ignores crucial human rights concerns
A report to evaluate how TiSA’s provisions could affect economic, social and human rights, which was published in July 2017, fails to address several key fundamental rights concerns.
EU trade agreement threatens human rights in Indonesia
The trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and Indonesia poses serious threats to the human rights situation in Indonesia, according to a new report.
The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) in Africa – A human rights perspective
Report: Assessing the distributional impacts of an agreement such as the CFTA is crucial to ensure that human rights and trade are complementary.
ASEAN Parliamentarians call for a focus on rights in regional trade talks
Officials from ASEAN member states and other countries meeting in India this week for negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) should take steps to ensure that the trade deal safeguards human rights, Southeast Asian lawmakers said today.
Community perspectives in investor-state arbitration
This report examines whether and how investor-state arbitral tribunals consider community perspectives, interests and rights in their settlement of investment disputes.
Is international investment law moving the ball forward on IHRL obligations for business enterprises?
While the debate on the treaty regulating business impact on human rights is likely to continue for a while longer, some recent developments in international investment law seem to be moving forward on international human rights law obligations for businesses
EU denies it has frozen Philippines trade talks over human rights
The European Commission said on Tuesday the Philippines’ human rights record could influence future trade ties, but denied reports that it had suspended free trade negotiations with Manila.
Trudeau ramps up courtship of Xi amid China free-trade talk
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is doubling down on a push to deepen ties with China, with Canada’s new envoy signaling he can move ahead on a free-trade deal without quickly advancing extradition treaty talks.
Ensuring the primacy of human rights in trade and investment policies
Model clauses for a UN Treaty on transnational corporations, other businesses and human rights.
EU presses Vietnam to improve human rights ahead of trade deal
Vietnam is coming under pressure from lawmakers in Europe to improve its human rights record before ratification of an EU free trade deal.
EU-Israel Association Agreement under threat following new settlements announcement
A series of MEPs condemned Israel’s continued settlement construction in the occupied West Bank during a plenum debate.
Putting human rights and investor obligations first
We urge all stakeholders involved in the EU-Mexico FTA negotiations to replace the current far-reaching liberalisation and deregulation agenda with an agreement that regulates investment
Commission proposes reinstating Sri Lankan trade concession
The European Commission proposed that the bloc reinstates a trade concession to Sri Lanka as an incentive to the government to promote human rights and good governance.
6 ways we could improve NAFTA for working people
It is important that everyday working people’s perspectives lead the debate, starting with how to rewrite NAFTA.
Let us not sacrifice human rights for commercial interests
Opinion on international trade and investment agreements : « Let us not sacrifice human rights for commercial interests - The example of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA) »
First season in Switzerland without occupation tomatoes?
From this winter on, Swiss supermarkets will probably, for the first time, no longer sell tomatoes from occupied Western Sahara.
Secret trade proposal would give Facebook free reign to censor by algorithm
Under leaked proposals from a controversial service trade deal, Facebook and other online services could be granted legal immunity when censoring any content
Embedding human rights into corporate tax planning
The exploitation of loopholes has become the favorite play of an organized tax avoidance industry.