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Saving Japan’s seed heritage from “free trade”
Former Japanese minister Yamada joined forces with 150 lawyers that have challenged as unconstitutional both the TPP agreement and the government’s decision to abolish the seed protection law.
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.
Russel Norman – climate change and free trade
The panel on a sustainable world at the hui in October 2018 on What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy for New Zealand argued for major changes to address pressing environmental issues.
“Free trade” is today’s imperialism by the 1 percent
Opposition to “free” trade is clearly growing. Less clear are the alternatives to free trade that might emerge.
Trade strategy hui attracts 17,000 online viewers
The hui on What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy Should Look Like at Auckland University’s Fale Pasifika attracted a remarkable 16,831 pageviews over the two days of live-streaming.
Converting resistance to TPPA into a new agenda for change
Our aim is to move beyond campaigns to stop these deals one by one, and create popular and political momentum for a genuinely alternative agenda.
What an alternative & progressive trade strategy should look like
19 – 20 October 2018. Fale Pasifika, University Of Auckland.
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.
Trade and climate: How the EU can protect the Paris Agreement
It is possible to effectively integrate the Paris Agreement into new trade deals, including CETA and the upcoming JEFTA with Japan.
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.
Anchoring labour rights more effectively in EU trade agreements
We have highlighted some of the main limitations of the approach taken and how greater accountability could be established in current agreements.
UNCTAD’s 2017 high-level IIA conference: moving forward on addressing older-generation international investment agreements
More than 300 experts, including high-level negotiators of international investment agreements and representatives from intergovernmental organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector convened in Geneva.
Calls grow for ‘green clause’ in EU trade deals
There is widespread consensus on the need to level the playing field for European companies confronted with environmental and social dumping from foreign competitors. Just how hard the EU should hit on wrongdoers remains a major sticking point, however.
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.
Replacing NAFTA: Eight essential changes to an environmentally destructive deal
To transform NAFTA from a polluter-friendly deal into one that supports environmental protection, any renegotiation must include, at a minimum, these eight changes.
Phase 2 of IIA reform: Modernizing the existing stock of old-generation treaties
International investment agreement (IIA) reform has made significant progress.
ETUC resolution for an EU progressive trade and investment policy
The European Trade Union Confederation calls for a progressive European trade and investment policy with at its core the creation of decent jobs, the protection of fundamental rights and the interests of workers.
Ten alternatives to a corporate trade agenda
What a democratic UK trade policy after Brexit would look like.
Nigeria and Morocco move towards a “new generation” of bilateral investment treaties
The treaty is an important attempt by two developing countries to move toward a new generation of BITs fully aligned with the evolution of international law.
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