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A need for preventive investment protection?
There is an obvious need at the investors’ side for a mechanism making it possible to prevent the threatened violation of their investment. It is fair to say that where the violation of the investment is still only potential, notifying the dispute should be the primary tool for investment protection.
Auto, dairy, drug issues arrest TPP talks
Major challenges in three areas remain in concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to officials involved in the discussions.
Selling Canada out, one deal at a time
What little we know about the Harper government’s many international trade deals is cause for grave concern.
No longer a fair game?
What are the next steps for investment protection in South Africa, as the country draws up new legislation governing foreign direct investment following the termination of a number of bilateral investment treaties?
Health and trade: What hope for SDG 3
Emma Woodford from the Health and Trade Network examines SDG3 on health and well-being and questions if its targets are achievable given the damaging nature of legally binding trade agreements being simultaneously negotiated by SDG signatories.
Cancer patient disrupts TPP negotiations
Arrested from hotel demanding to see the secret "death sentence clause"
ALBA and the FTAA: the Dilemma of Integration or Annexation
Latin American integration has caused rivers of ink to flow and provoked endless torrents of rhetoric. However, a significant issue still remains unresolved.
Corporate power unbound: investor-state arbitration of IP monopolies on medicines - Eli Lilly v. Canada and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement
Despite the deep irony of free trade agreements being subverted to codify and extend anti-competitive monopoly rights the joining of enhanced intellectual property rights (IPRs) and strengthened investor rights is creating a wild-west opportunity for unbounded corporate power.
Why reassurances that TTIP will not affect the right to regulate miss the point
Often times, we hear that the “right to regulate” will be guaranteed under TTIP. Isn’t this the strongest indication that this right might come under pressure?
Canada misses the cut for EU’s proposed investor-state dispute court
Canada will likely be left out of a new system proposed by the European Union for settling disputes between countries and corporations—at least for now.
Farmers protest over trade talk fears
Farmers in Ontario and Quebec fear that the Trans-Pacific Partnership could spell the end of the supply management system that keeps their operations profitable.
Murray Rankin v. Canada
Rankin acted on behalf of an American mining corporation in its successful bid to sue Canada using NAFTA.
Cities and regions express their views on the sharing economy, the Trade in Services Agreement and a fair corporate tax system
The Commission for Economic Policy of the EU Committee of the Regions held an external meeting whose agenda was the adoption of the draft opinionson the local and regional dimension of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
Dept of Commerce seeks industry comments on initial offers for tariff elimination under RCEP
The next round of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations will see India putting up initial offers for tariff elimination in goods.
Corporate bias at the World Bank Group
This briefing finds significant ICSID bias in favour of corporations and commercial interests by analysing ICSID overall and by looking at a specific case brought by a global mining corporation against El Salvador.
EU to co-finance Investment Court System in TTIP from its budget
The European Commission wants the new Investment Court System (ICS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to be co-financed from the EU budget only, Mauro Petriccione, Deputy Director-General at DG Trade has told MEPs.
El Salvador vs Pacific Rim: the price of saying ‘no’ to a gold mine
El Salvador is defending itself against a US$301m lawsuit filed after it blocked a mining project to protect the country’s heavy-polluted water supply. The imminent verdict will set a precedent amid a growing trend of companies suing governments when they can’t exploit their natural resources.
TISA and TPP: trade unions and social movements resist unfair trade deals
Governments around the globe are currently engaged in the biggest burst of trade and investment treaty negotiations since the 1990s. This new wave of trade deals is primarily being negotiated by governments and corporations in complete secrecy.
New Zealand lawmakers approve S Korea FTA
New Zealand’s Parliament approved the Tariff (Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea) Amendment Bill on September 24, 2015.
Intellectual property in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: increasing the barriers for the access to affordable medicines
Most free trade agreements signed by the United States, the European Union and the members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) contain chapters on intellectual property rights that expand the rights recognized to pharmaceutical companies.