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Modernisation of the Chile-EU FTA: a false promise of equity and development
An in-depth analysis of the Chile-EU FTA reveals its profound neo-colonial character and that it is an instrument of the neo-liberal economic order that emerged in the 1980s.
Resisting green colonialism for a just transition
A serious overhaul of how we run the economy and live our lives is needed to tackle the climate crisis – and there are signs that decision makers are recognising the urgent need for a ‘green transition’: a massive shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy systems.
The EU’s critical minerals crusade
The EU is aggressively pursuing critical minerals globally to benefit from the energy transition, securing access via trade agreements and partnerships. Failure to address resource overconsumption risks reinforcing inequalities and intensifying extractivism.
How the fast-track law could expose future NZ governments to expensive trade disputes
Foreign investors wanting to protect their gains under the controversial new law could hold the country to ransom by threatening a dispute. As a result, they would constrain New Zealand’s democratic ability to exercise its sovereignty, and to protect te Tiriti rights.
bilaterals.org podcast: NAFTA’s 30th anniversary
Special edition on the 30th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement that came into force in 1994 and inspired many free trade agreements that were subsequently signed around the world.
The tide is turning against the global court for corporations – ISDS
After a decade long struggle by PSI and affiliates against trade rules that put corporate profits before people, victory is in sight!
The global laws that help corporations block climate action
Companies have long used international treaties to try to prevent Global South countries from asserting economic sovereignty. In recent decades, corporations have used such laws to stymie European governments’ attempts to tackle the climate crisis.
Victories in the global movement against corporate globalization
For half a century, the ISDS system has allowed multinational corporations to run off with billions of taxpayers dollars while allowing them to undermine environmental standards, public health protections, financial regulations, and other sound policies throughout the world.
ECVC rejects free trade narrative of AGRIFISH council and demands market regulation and an end to FTAs to address root causes of farmers’ issues
For farmers on the ground, FTAs and the WTO rules only serve to drive down prices as far as possible, with no regard for the costs to the wellbeing and health of farmers and citizens, nor the impact on climate and biodiversity.
Human rights organizations sound alarm as Canada-Ecuador trade talks get underway
Surging violence surrounding Canadian mining projects in Ecuador should raise red flags for the Canadian government as it commences trade talks with the Ecuadorian government.
Major victory as the European Parliament votes overwhelmingly in favour of exiting the climate-wrecking Energy Charter Treaty
The European Parliament voted today largely in favour of the Commission’s proposal for the European Union to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, a landmark move that campaigners across Europe have been demanding for years.
Ecuador said “no” to international arbitration: a sovereign decision with international resonance in the fight against ISDS
April 21st has been a historic day. The Ecuadorian people voted massively NO in the referendum question about whether Ecuador should return to arbitration.
Between sovereignty and corporate interests: what is at stake in the Ecuadorian referendum?
On 21 April 2024, the government of Daniel Noboa is holding a referendum in Ecuador to amend the country’s constitution and, in particular, to reactivate the dangerous investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.
Podcast: The secret world of investor courts
The Secret World of Investor Courts is a podcast made by the Global Justice Now Youth Network, exploring corporate power, colonialism and climate justice.
100 organizations from around the world call on Ecuador to defend its sovereignty against international arbitration: No to ISDS!
Various organisations express their support for Ecuador’s rejection of international arbitration tribunals in a gesture of international solidarity.
AfCFTA digital trade protocol: Unveiling critical flaws
In the turbulent waters of the digital economy, where technological innovation is outpacing regulatory frameworks, the leaked African Continental Free Trade Area protocol on digital trade raises deep concerns.
An urgent call from European trade unions: Suspend the Association Agreement with Israel
We, the undersigned European trade unions, are calling on the EU and European countries to suspend the Association Agreement with Israel as well as bilateral treaties in light of grave violations of human rights by the Israeli Government.
Trade and climate internationalism
Trade deals are used to extract valuable resources from the Global South - but a recent victory shows we can make a difference.
EU-Chile trade agreement: broad cross-border data flow commitment with country without adequacy status
The European Parliament gave consent to the EU - Chile trade agreement. The agreement’s digital chapter contains a new, broad cross-border data flow commitment, while Chile does not have a data protection adequacy status.
Reject EU-PH FTA as serious concerns continue to hound ambitious corporate trade deal
Trade Justice Pilipinas questions and challenges the assertion of the Philippine government that this EU-Philippines FTA will be beneficial to the Philippines, particularly the Filipino working classes. It is high time that the government abandon the already discredited free market ideology.