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RCEP ‘stakeholder’ process just ticks the box
A new era of openness? RCEP ‘stakeholder’ process just ticks the box
Foreign investor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
This study examines the special privileges, enforced through investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), which would be given to foreign investors under the TPP.
An interview with Lauge Poulsen, author of Bounded Rationality and Economic Diplomacy
Lauge Poulsen is a Lecturer in International Political Economy at University College London. His recent book explains why and how developing countries signed up to investment treaties.
Green NGOs welcome the parliamentary resolution on the free trade agreements
Environmentalists urge the government to turn to the European Court of Justice on the issue of the planned Investment Court System.
PACER-plus draft chapters (2013-2016)
17 leaked chapters dated from 2013 to 2016
Pebble mine: Canadian mining company threatens to stick U.S. taxpayers with costs of “potentially catastrophic” mining scheme
Northern Dynasty is prepared to file a claim for “arbitration” under NAFTA, seeking compensation for the failure of the Pebble Mine project to move forward to federal permitting.
Report condemns PACER Plus process
A new report says Pacific Island countries should walk away from the proposed PACER Plus free trade agreement, suggesting it puts Australia and New Zealand’s interests ahead of the Pacific.
Unmasked: Corporate rights in the renewed Mexico-EU FTA
The EU and Mexico launch negotiations for a ‘modernised’ Free Trade Agreement. A key feature is the investment protection chapter which grants major multinational companies in Mexico and the EU the exclusive right to challenge democratic decisions.
Sugar talks with Japan in crucial phase
The Philippines has been seeking review of JPEPA since Japan has not fulfilled its commitments under the agreement.
India and the European Free Trade Association...
India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) agreed to resolve the outstanding issues for resumption of negotiations for a proposed free trade agreement that were stuck on issues related with intellectual property rights.
GTH files for Wind Canada arbitration
Global Telecom Holding has announced that it submitted a formal request for arbitration over actions taken by the Canadian Government against GTH and its subsidiaries in relation to GTH’s investment in Wind Mobile.
EU, six African countries sign EPA
The European Union and six countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
China-led trade agreement shrouded in deeper secrecy
Secretive negotiations for the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP began in November 2012. The 13th round is being held at SkyCity in Auckland.
Greenpeace calls on Italy to reconsider position on EU-Canada trade deal
Bypassing of national parliaments would be anti-democratic
Cracks emerging in plurilateral talks for TiSA
Cracks are finally emerging in the grossly imbalanced, plurilateral talks on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) being pursued by 23 countries.
US supports TPP bid
The United States threw its support behind Cambodia becoming a member of the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership
Un traité transpacifique au seul profit des multinationales américaines
Le traité transpacifique (TPP), entre les États-Unis et l’Asie, ne contribuerait en rien au développement du commerce. Il renforcerait simplement des droits de propriété intellectuelle, au profit des grandes entreprises américaines.
Civil society letter to countries negotiating Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
We call on countries negotiating the RCEP agreement and to protect the flexibilities available under the WTO TRIPS agreement for Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
Social impacts should derail trade talks: experts
Pacific island governments should retain their legal right to regulate to protect their national development interests, which include the ownership and control of land, natural resources and environment, as well as the social and economic rights of their people ahead of the empty development promises from Australia and New Zealand and walk away from the regional trade talks known as PACER-Plus, a new report released today recommends.
Brussels to end preferential trade access for uncooperative African countries
The EU plans to raise the pressure on six African countries to implement controversial free trade agreements by putting an end to their preferential access to the EU market.