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Support the joint letter on the future of ISDS – EU-Singapore IPA vote
Civil society organisations urge Member of the European Parliament to not ratify EU - Singapore Investment Protection Agreement
Chinese envoy calls for more flexible approach in investment treaty talks with EU
China and the European Union could take a more flexible approach by setting phase-based targets in bilateral investment treaty negotiations.
Clive Palmer threatens to sue Australian taxpayers for $45b as he re-routes business through NZ
Clive Palmer has channelled his corporate empire through New Zealand and threatened to use free trade rules to sue Australian taxpayers for $45 billion as part of a dispute with a Chinese mining company.
Nigeria, Canada move to revive stalled bilateral agreement
A foreign innvestment promotion and protection agreement was signed by Nigeria and Canada in May 2014, which Canada ratified in 2014. But Nigeria decided not to ratify the agreement because it was later found unbalanced.
Most EU countries to terminate intra-bloc bilateral investment treaties
22 of the 28 EU nations have committed to terminate their bilateral investment treaties and use their influence as home states and respondent-states to notify tribunals of the non-arbitrability of intra-EU bilateral investment treaties and Energy Charter Treaty claims.
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.
ICSID: How impartial is the main BIT arbitration forum of Bangladesh?
The very operational narratives of ICSID arbitrators inculcate an inherent bias towards foreign investors, who are overwhelmingly from European and North America.
Szijjártó meets with Belarusian counterpart in Minsk
Hungary and Belarus signed an investment protection agreement.
Belarus - India BIT (2018)
As released by the Goverrnment of India
EU’s investment court may be bump in China’s Belt and Road plan
The EU has proposed to reform the investor-state-dispute-settlement system, a move that could further complicate negotiations with China over a bilateral investment agreement, as well as their dialogue on the Belt and Road Initiative’s implementation in Europe.
IP licence, trademarks and ISDS: Bridgestone v. Panama
Can an intellectual property right or a license authorizing its use be deemed an ‘investment’ under bilateral investment treaties?
Taiwan, India sign updated bilateral investment pact
Taiwan and India signed a revised bilateral investment agreement
Today we work to build something else than free trade, says Javier Echaide of Attac Argentina
Interview with Javier Echaide, lawyer and member of Attac Argentina
Trade agreements and the land: Investment agreements and their potential impacts on land governance
While promising economic growth, large-scale land investment deals have caused increased inequality, widespread displacement of people, and destruction of natural resources.
Ecuador keen on strengthening trade relations with Qatar
Ecuador has “prioritised” efforts to sign bilateral investment treaty and trade agreement with Qatar.
Maldives committed to protect foreign investment: President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
A bilateral investment protection agreement is expected to be signed between India and the Maldives.
A summary of public concerns on investment treaties and investor-state dispute settlement
International investment agreements, specifically bilateral investment treaties and the investment chapters in free trade agreements, have come under the spotlight for what are seen as skewed provisions that grant excessive rights to foreign investors.
China to release new negative list for investment: sources
The new list will lay down foundations that will be conducive for further negotiations on the bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between China and the EU.
BITs of Bangladesh: Are they national interest friendly?
Bangladesh has about 30 BITs of which those with international arbitration provisions tilt to protect corporate interests more than the national interest of Bangladesh as reflected in the Saipem, Chevron, and Niko arbitrations.
Singapore and Argentina to boost economic ties
Singapore and Argentina Prime Ministers welcomed the progress made on negotiations for a bilateral investment treaty and said they expect to conclude talks by the first half of next year.