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More than 700,000 tell Congress: Fast Track is the wrong path
Today, representatives from environmental, labor, food and farm, consumer rights and other fair trade allies delivered to US Congress more than 700,000 petitions opposing "fast track"—a piece of legislation that would push harmful trade agreements like the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) through Congress without any meaningful oversight or assurances that the trade pacts would actually benefit workers, families, and the environment.
Beijing, Washington locked in FTA race
There appears to be a race between the United States and China to dominate the rules-setting game for trade by being the first to announce plans of realising a Free Trade Agreement for the Asia-Pacific — with billions of dollars in trade at stake.
Ecuador in a hurry to seal trade pact with Japan - minister
Ecuador’s Foreign Trade Minister Francisco Rivadeneira hopes to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with Japan as soon as possible, he told Efe in an interview on Thursday.
Colombia: FTA negotiations with Japan progresses
The eighth round of negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement between Colombia and Japan took place last week in Bogotá.
TTIP: new Commission divided over the future of ISDS in EU trade policy
Jennifer Baker is joined by Richard More O’Ferrall, spokesperson for the Greens Group, to discuss the future of trade negotiations between the European Union and United States under the new Juncker Commission.
Brazil faces challenges in international trade
According to Demétrio Magnoli, Brazil must become a member of trade blocs to avoid isolation, but the ideological view of the Brazilian Workers Party prevents this.
TDM Call for Papers: CETA special
The editors of Transnational Dispute Management journal invite contributions to a special edition on CETA
Turkey could suspend membership in EU Customs Union over TTIP deal: Minister
Turkey could suspend its membership in a customs union with the European Union if its interests are not taken into account when Brussels signs a major trade deal with the United States, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir stated Wednesday.
India starts preparations for free trade zone with Customs Union
India has supported a proposal to establish a workshop to prepare to sign a free trade agreement with the Customs Union comprising Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters Wednesday.
Rajnath Singh to visit Israel today, FTA and ISIS threat top agenda
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is visiting Israel today where he is expected to press for India and Israel signing a Free Trade Agreement that is under discussion since 2008.
TTIP: European disintegration, unemployment and instability
Using the UN Global Policy Model, this Tufts University paper simulates the impact of TTIP on the global economy in a context of protracted austerity and low growth, which gives dramatically different results from existing assessments.
Aus-China FTA at ’critical point’
Agricultural talks must be concluded on Friday to ensure the Australia-China Free Trade Agreement can be signed when Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Australia for the G20 next week.
Apec trade ministers push regional FTA
This week 21 trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group are making plans for the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), which they hope to finalise by end of 2015.
309 human rights groups call on EU to hold israel accountable for war crimes in Gaza
More than 300 human rights groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe called on the EU to hold Israel accountable for its massacre committed in Gaza earlier this year by suspending the EU-Israel Association Agreement, the main treaty between the EU and Israel.
Honduras, Peru agree on work plan to conclude FTA negotiations
Negotiating teams from Peru and Honduras are meeting to draw up a plan on how to finalise their FTA talks, initiated in 2010, by end 2014.
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.
US pressures China to kill Asia-Pacific free trade agreement talks
The US is reportedly opposing discussion of FTAAP at the upcoming APEC summit.
Argentina strikes out in bid to undo $185M BG Group award
The Supreme Court on Monday shunned the republic’s latest appeal in a decade-long battle with BG Group plc, a British energy company that won a $185 million arbitration ruling against Argentina under a bilateral investment treaty.
Protecting Thailand from the hazards of international arbitration
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has said Thailand is in urgent need of an arbitration law to facilitate settlements between Thai and foreign companies, so as to increase foreign investor confidence and prepare upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC) next year.