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Groups demand rejection of anti-climate provision in Customs Bill
A coalition of environmental and fair trade organizations are protesting the inclusion of language in the “Customs bill” in the US Congress that would explicitly prevent the United States Trade Representative from seeking to address climate change in trade agreements.
Analysis of foreign investment protection in Senegal’s bilateral investment treaties
Is Senegal providing a disproportionate level of protection to foreign investors through BITs?
El Salvador: “Arbitration with Pacific Rim has cost the State $12.6 million”
Luis Parada, a lawyer with the law firm Foley Hoag, is optimistic that the company, Pacific Rim, will not prevail in the proceedings.
UNAIDS calls on trade negotiators to uphold governments’ commitments to public health and access to medicines
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement reportedly contains provisions that would lead to higher drug prices, not just in the TPPA but in future trade agreements as well, UNAIDS warns.
Malaysia and Canada resist TPP deal
Resistance from a stubborn Canada and protectionist Malaysia is emerging as the biggest hurdle ahead of a crucial Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting starting in Hawaii on Tuesday.
More than 2,000 unionists rally in Brisbane to protest against China-Australia FTA
The protest marked the second national rally against the FTA, following protests at the ALP National Conference last Friday.
Rally against TPP negotiations planned July 29 on Kāʻanapali Beach
A coalition of advocates for the environment, labor, health and native Hawaiians will gather on Kāʻanapali Beach, outside the negotiators’ hotel, to speak out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Blocked from trade pact by its failure on slavery, Malaysia suddenly gets a passing grade
The State Department on Monday took Malaysia off a list of countries with particularly egregious human trafficking records, clearing the path for the country’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, one of the top political priorities for the Obama administration.
NZMA calls again for independent health assessment of TPPA
The New Zealand Medical Association is extremely disappointed Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser has rejected the call for an independent assessment of the impact of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement on the country’s health system.
Media barred in Brisbane as unions rally against Chinese free trade agreement
Overzealous security has barred media from a public hearing into Australia’s free trade deal with China, prompting union claims of a cover-up.
TiSA – the new trade deal being kept under wraps
Like TTIP, CETA, and TPP, the TiSA deal would turbo-charge global trade this time in ‘services’, which includes air and maritime transport; parcel delivery; e-commerce; telecommunications; accounting; engineering; consulting; health care; private education; and financial services – around 80 per cent of the US economy.
EU steps up PR campaign to overcome US trade deal hostility
European officials are ruing their failure to spot early signs of opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Cambodia may lose EU market share if EU-Vietnam bilateral FTA materializes, say exporters
If the EU-Vietnam trade deal goes through, Cambodia - which currently accounts for 22% of the EU’s rice iumports - will certaily lose market share.
Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal threatened by dairy wrangle
A complex stand-off over dairy exports could be the key determinant of whether trade ministers seal an agreement on the TPP this week.
Pacific trade negotiators face high-wire act in Hawaii
Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week for talks that could make or break an ambitious trade deal which aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies ranging from the United States to Brunei.
USTR proposal in TPP would undermine state sovereign immunity for patents, copyrights
TPP would violate the right of US states to protection from suit for patent, trademark or copyright infringement
No FDI in multibrand retail under trade pact: India to EU
The government of India has categorically informed the European Union that it will not allow European multibrand retail firms to set up shop here, even as both sides decided to resume negotiations towards concluding the long-pending Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement.
Secrecy of TPP talks fuels concern about influence of corporate property lobby
Higher costs for needed generic drugs. Longer copyright protections than the global standard. Foreign investors empowered to overrule governments. A more tightly-regulated Internet. Those are just some of the potential pitfalls from any deal that could emerge from the TPP this week.
APWLD: Stop TPP - campaign toolkit
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development have prepared a toolkit for groups that want to join the struggle against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
National MPs could block US trade deal, activists say
A study by the Institute of Law at the University of Cologne finds that in all EU member states, except for Malta, a parliamentary approval process would be necessary to sign TTIP and the provisionally-agreed trade deal with Canada (CETA) into law.