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The real problem with free trade
Free trade has enabled a few companies to secure monopolies or near-monopolies, which has given rise to massive inequalities.
Chile - Civil society organizations: "Without impact studies, Congress cannot vote free trade agreements"
The Chamber of Deputies approved the request that the Government has to review in detail each and every treaty signed by Chile, as well as future agreements.
The case against third-party funding in investment arbitration
These claims come at a significant cost to target countries and their citizens, since these claims will ultimately be paid by a large underrepresented class of stakeholders: the public.
Secret RCEP trade deal fails international standards of transparency, experts warn
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership involving 16 nations from Asia-Pacific will impact the lives of over three billion people, yet a new study reveals how the deal fails international standards of transparency and public engagement.
Secrecy in RCEP trade deal threatens Asian democracies
With a global trade war looming and public faith in corporate globalization at an all-time low, secrecy in trade deals cannot be accepted. People have a right to know what is being negotiated in their name.
The case against third-party funding in ISDS
The high costs and potentially high damages characteristic of ISDS cases have made it a new and highly attractive market for third-party funding.
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.
Corporate lawyers hijack UN meeting, while civil society is sidelined
The takeaway from the UNCITRAL’s process for its so-called "reform" discussions is that lawyers making millions in ISDS cases are welcomed, while the voices of the millions of people whose lives are harmed by ISDS cases brought by multinational corporations are barely an afterthought.
Quiet on the set! The EU is negotiating trade deals...
Following calls for openness and public participation, the European Commission now advertises its trade negotiations as transparent and inclusive. But crucial information about EU trade deals are still kept from citizens. Even member state governments regularly complain about being left in the dark. At the same time, corporations continue to call the shots on EU trade talks.
Solutions for a stalled NAFTA: Stop pushing so hard on IP, and release the text
Although advances have been made in some chapters, reports suggest that virtually the whole of the agreement’s IP chapter remains up in the air.
Legal expert slams ISDS as “wild, wild west” of international law
Kahale uses examples from his own experience to argue that the ISDS system based on commercial arbitration principles is not fit to arbitrate cases in which international companies seek compensation from governments for changes in health, environment or other public interest laws.
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.
ISDS: The wild, wild west of international law and arbitration
I thought it would be both exciting and challenging to follow clients into this new area of investment claims practice. What I didn’t know was that I was entering the Wild Wild West of international practice.
The ‘new’ TPP and our shrinking democracy
Profit is king. People are the pawns, and the Government will seem to be in favour of supra-national conglomerates if it signs this “new” TPP inclusive of the ISDS.
Sacrificing sovereignty and human potential in the name of economic growth
Why are countries so gripped in their quest for economic growth that they are empowering multinational corporations at the expense of their citizens?
Towards a peoples charter on international trade agreements
It is now time we open up the dialogue on the kind of trade agreements that we want to see in place.
The ISDS legal industry and the European Court of Justice
Observers of the ISDS debate in Europe should be concerned when the official position of an Advocate General before the European Court of Justice can be tied to the ISDS industry.
The Tory trade bill would usher in the worst bits of TTIP – it must be stopped
This legislation for post-Brexit Britain is not just bad law, it’s dangerous, allowing for deals without parliamentary scrutiny.
A declaration from North Africa: food sovereignty is a right
We stand against the plunder of peoples’ resources by multinationals and financial capital and against all forms of discrimination and racism.
Against secrecy: The social cost of international dispute settlement
Secrecy in the outcomes of investment arbitration remains high in part because parties have found ways to use settlements to hide relevant information.