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ISDS clause: a gateway to future trade deals
Trade officials negotiating the ISDS arbitration clause within the EU-US trade agreement have half an eye on their next deals, since the wording is likely to shape other key trade treaties on the table.
TTIP divides a continent as EU negotiators cross the Atlantic
A fear of multinationals and distrust of European governments is fuelling a growing antipathy towards the transatlantic free trade pact
Saving the climate means stopping TTIP!
How the transatlantic free trade agreements cheerfully scupper energy transition….
TPP must be a done deal in 2015: US-Asean Business Council
Marc Mealy, who is vice president (policy) in the US-Asean Business Council, says the Trans Pacific Partnership can and must be a done deal in 2015.
Switzerland expects to sign FTA with India soon
Bullish about its companies making huge investments in India, Switzerland expects the long-delayed Free Trade Agreement between the two countries to be signed soon.
RCEP members fail to finalize talks template
Members of the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) grouping were unable to agree a template for negotiations on a proposed mega regional trade agreement at the sixth round of talks held in Greater Noida near New Delhi last week.
EPA will not benefit Ghana – Adwoa Safo
Member of Parliament for Dome/Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has warned that Ghana risks losing its manufacturing sector if it goes ahead to sign the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
China’s Xi demands accelerated FTA strategy
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called for accelerated fulfillment of the free trade area (FTA) strategy and the building of a new economic system of openness.
Seven things you should know about EU-Singapore ISDS
Lock-in, no institutional safeguards for independence, perverse incentives, no separation of powers, automatic consent, ripe for exploitation, sovereign debt instruments included, open to the world, and a strategic mistake. Former trade commissioner De Gucht left us a Gordian Knot, writes Ante Wessels.
National Assembly, Senate in France adopt resolutions opposing CETA investment rules
Both houses of the French Parliament last week adopted resolutions opposing the investment protection rules in the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), in the latest sign of growing opposition in Europe to the deal’s sweeping corporate rights provisions.
CETA: The French Parliament votes against the ISDS
At the end of November, both chambers of parliament rejected integrating the investor-state dispute resolution mechanism into CETA.
Revealed: How taxpayers are footing bill for Europe’s trade deals
New research today reveals that European governments have already paid at least €3.5 billion to private investors due to a clause in international trade deals.
Self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative against US and Canada trade deals tops a million signatures in record time
More than a million people across Europe have signed a self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative in the last two months opposing trade deals between the European Union and North America.
Congressional Financial Services Committee leaders: Exclude ISDS from US-EU deal
US congressional leaders have just sent a letter to the Obama administration warning against TAFTA/TTIP provisions that could restrict Congress’ ability to prevent another financial crisis.
The increasing appeal and novel use of bilateral investment treaties
State measures that reduce or nullify existing creditor rights, such as the Argentine “Lock Law” or similar moratoria on repayment, may violate BIT rights and supply investors and creditors in other jurisdictions, particularly in the eurozone, with a basis for challenging similar measures.
Investor-state dispute settlement in Europe
If it is left in TTIP, a great deal more of global FDI flows will suddenly be covered by ISDS.
People living with HIV rally in streets of Delhi as India hosts RCEP trade negotiations
As the 6th round of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement take place in India, people living with HIV are rallying in the streets of New Delhi to warn that harmful intellectual property provisions - put forth by Japan - could severely restrict access to affordable medicines for people in developing countries.
TTIP talks: What’s cooking?
A Greens-EFA Group in the European Parliament conference on 10 December 2014
TDM Call for papers: Dealing with Diversity in International Arbitration
This Special Issue will analyse discrimination and diversity in international arbitration.
S. Korea must concentrate all energy on TPP: traders association head
South Korea must concentrate all of its resources on taking part in the US-led Asia-Pacific mega free trade bloc, the head of the country’s biggest business lobby group says.