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El Salvador lessons for the TPP fight
In a tale of people power over corporate power, a tribunal has ruled against a global company in a case over mining rights. Now we need to block trade deals that allow these “investor-state” lawsuits.
Rusal demands compensations from Ukraine in international arbitration
Subsidiaries of Russian aluminum giant Rusal filed a claim with the ICSID, demanding Ukraine to compensate the company for the investments into the Zaporozhsky Aluminium Plant
Back to the future? Foreign investment protection in Cuba
Cuba’s investment protection framework is surprisingly robust, though there are serious questions about the de facto protections actually afforded to U.S. and other investors.
One step closer to a deal: Here are Belgium’s conditions for signing CETA
After doubt was cast on Europe’s ability to negotiate a free trade deal with Canada, the tides turned as Belgium came to an internal consensus on conditions for signing the EU-Canada deal
Peruvians urge Himes to oppose TPP
"Our experience in Peru demonstrates how the TPP model prioritizes trade and investment above the protection of the environment, ecosystems, and life itself."
Intl. investment policy exacerbates vulnerabilities of people to corporate land grabs, says expert
As commercial pressures on resources increase, some of the world’s poorest people face the risk of dispossession under contested circumstances.
What do trade agreements do for open access—and what don’t they do?
The absence of support for open access in trade agreements comes as no surprise when considering that there are no representatives from the education sector, nor any library or archive representatives, in the relevant closed-door trade advisory committees
Belgium keeps EU, Canada waiting over trade deal
Belgian politicians failed to break their deadlock over a planned EU-Canada free trade agreement. The news prompted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to call off plans to fly to Brussels.
World union meeting unites against TiSA and CETA
Global trade union leaders meeting in Panama have united in condemnation of TiSA (the Trade in Services Agreement) and CETA (the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement), highlighting the risks that both trade agreements pose to jobs and job security.
Public sector unions to oppose Asia Pacific mega trade deal RCEP
On 12 October, the closing day of the Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Fukuoka, around 250 delegates representing more than 70 PSI affiliates from 18 countries resolved to intensify the struggle against the ambitious Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership under negotiation among 16 countries in the region.
Do free trade deals pose a threat to higher education?
The awareness of the threat posed to the public realm by international ‘free trade’ agreements has been heightened by the publication of new leaks and criticism from leading intellectuals.
RCEP: India, China struggle to agree on tariff cuts in goods
Trade Ministers from the 16-member RCEP will meet in the Philippines, on November 3-4 to see if final commitments in the area of goods, services and investments can be reached.
SADC, EAC and COMESA seek to implement Tripartite Free Trade Area
The 10th EAC-COMESA-SADC Tripartite meeting opened in Nairobi to resolve issues that remain outstanding before the implementation of the Tripartite Free Trade Area.
Kenya opens fresh talks with EAC over EU deal
Kenya has embarked on another round of diplomatic talks with her least-developed East African Community peers in a fresh bid to convince them to sign a trade deal with 28-member European Union.
US-China investment treaty faces uncertainties
Completion of BIT talks should wait after the election: experts
Kenya’s access to Europe remains intact
Kenya will continue enjoying duty-free and quota-free access for its goods to the European Union even if neighbouring countries fail to approve the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).
TISA proposes new global rules on data flows and safe harbors
The Trade in Services Agreement contains many provisions that are a virtual copy-and-paste out of the TPP’s Electronic Commerce chapter.
Brics dispute resolution mechanism: Challenges ahead, but promises much
Any intra-Brics framework will only be effective if awards rendered by such a body are enforceable without the added difficulty of getting entangled in domestic proceedings.
Trans-Pacific Partnership makes Australia vulnerable to court challenges, report claims
Threat of action from multinationals one of the ‘enormous risks’ Australia faces if trade deal is ratified, GetUp says
Uruguay confirms willingness to reach free-trade deal with China
Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez confirmed his country’s willingness to pursue a free-trade agreement (FTA) with China.