logo logo

Articles by language

New weaknesses: Despite a major win, arbitration decisions in 2014 increase the US’s future exposure to litigation and liability
In 2014, the US again emerged the winner in investor-state arbitration. But it did suffer losses on a number of important issues, and those losses leave it more vulnerable to future claims, litigation costs, and potential liability.
PNG govt ordered to stop interfering in SDP
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes has ordered Papua New Guinea’s government to stop interfering in the management of PNG Sustainable Development Program.
European Commission’s clever ruse to introduce corporate sovereignty regardless of ratification votes in EU
Even if CETA is rejected in Europe, claims under the ISDS chapter would still be possible up to three years afterwards for investments made during the provisional period.
ASEAN to declare single market but delay deeper integration: Malaysia
ASEAN will officially call itself a single market by year’s end, but “big things” like seamless travel within the 10-nation bloc would only come in 2020, Malaysia’s trade minister told AFP in an interview.
Chevron’s battered image over Ecuador ecological disaster takes another hit in Davos
Oil giant wins "lifetime achievement" award for efforts to evade justice
TPP and TTIP: Partners in crime
Mike Dolan, Vice-President of the Citizens’ Trade Campaign, takes stock of the resistance against both TPP and TTIP in the United States and outlines the strategy we need if we want to prevent the passage of “trade” agreements that threaten to kill jobs, undermine labor standards and environmental regulations, limit access to generic drugs, and even aim to exempt corporations from the judicial process.
EU-US trade talks in ’troubled waters’
EU-US trade talks are “in troubled waters” and need a “fresh start for parliament to approve an agreement”, the chairman of the assembly’s international trade committee has said.
TTIP is ’big bonanza’ for developing countries, EU claims
German Development Minister Gerd Müller counters criticism of TTIP with study on how it will impact developing and newly industrialised countries
Merkel offers Russia free-trade agreement
Germany would be prepared to negotiate a free-trade agreement between the European Union and Russia as a way out of the deadlocked Ukraine conflict, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.
Interview: Finnish PM calls for EU-China FTA
"Now we are working very much on trying to agree on a bilateral investment treaty between the EU and China, then hopefully ... get a free trade agreement (FTA) as well," Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told Xinhua in an interview.
Mexico says Pacific free trade deal ’feasible’ in mid-March
A deal on a 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade pact could be concluded in mid-March, Mexico’s economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said on Thursday.
UK aims to pass law to ban branding on cigarette packs before May
Cigarette sales have dropped in Australia since plain packaging was introduced on Dec. 1, 2012, prompting Britain to act before its national election in May even as Australia battles international legal challenges from other countries and manufacturers.
West Africa farmers against EU economics, international competition
Farmers in West Africa fear being overwhelmed by industrial and agrarian products from EU countries under the ECOWAS-EU Economic Partnership Agreement.
India and bilateral investment treaties – are they worth it?
Instead of relying only on a treaty-based approach, India should initiate domestic policy reforms to attract and protect foreign investments, argues Kavaljit Singh
Why UK parliament should scrutinise the UK-Ethiopia bilateral investment treaty (BIT)
If TTIP is bad, the UK-Ethiopia BIT is worse, says Lorenzo Cotula of IIED
Government urged to protect interests of UK poultry farmers
The competitiveness of UK poultry producers is at risk if the EU-US trade negotiations proceed on the basis that products are of an ’equivalent’ standard.
India, European Union may resume FTA talks
After a gap of almost 20 months, India and European Union are likely to resume talks for the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to boost commerce and investment.
Democrats oppose Obama’s demand for fast-tracking Pacific trade deal
Congressional Democrats are set to demonstrate their “lack of support” for the fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) the morning after Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
Missing: Intellectual property rights with a social lens
The Modi government has moved fast and furious on charting a new policy regarding intellectual property rights, in close contact with the US
PKS demands that agro-food sector should be excluded from TTIP
The Slovak Food Chamber (PKS) demands that the entire agro-food sector should be excluded from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union (EU) and the USA from the very beginning