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» Rights experts voice concerns over BITs and FTAs
Online Publication Date:04 June 2015
A group of United Nations experts has voiced concerns over the potential detrimental impact that free trade and investment agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) may have on the enjoyment of human rights.
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» UN Rights Expert Denounces Secret Talks on Trade Treaties
Online Publication Date:13 May 2015
A UN expert called for human rights impact assessments to be urgently undertaken on the numerous bilateral and multilateral free trade and investment agreements treaties currently under consideration and the potential risk they represent for the enjoyment of human rights.
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» Global Investment Regime Facilitates Land and Water Grabbing
Online Publication Date:10 February 2015
A new brief looks at the huge expansion in international investment agreements and explains how these have facilitated land and water grabbing and undermined food sovereignty and human rights-based land governance.
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» A Sovereign Debt Story – Argentina vs NML Capital
Online Publication Date:09 June 2014
The early 1980s saw developing countries – Argentina being one of them – restructuring their economies by way of deregulating their financial sectors and integrating with global markets. As T Sabri Öncü points out, however, the policy shifts taken by Argentina beginning in the mid-1970s rendered the economy highly vulnerable to changes in the international arena, and has taken the country from crisis to crisis, up to the present legal pressure the country faces from US holders of old Argentine debt.
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» Global Trends: Investor treaties in trouble
Online Publication Date:27 March 2014
Martin Khor shows how the tide is turning against investment treaties that allow foreign investors to take up cases against host governments and claim compensation of up to billions of dollars.
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» Latin American states form alliance to tackle investment treaties
Online Publication Date:02 May 2013
South American governments have formed a new alliance to fight back against the increasing lawsuits taken against them by transnational companies under bilateral investment treaties.
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» News Brief: Industrial Trade Liberalisation and Gender Implications
Online Publication Date:27 August 2012
The New Brief published by the Heinrich Boell Foundation and Third World Network, which looks at the issue of gender impacts of trade liberalisation in the industrial sector, is the fifth part of a series of briefs on gender impacts of trade, with reference to developing countries and India.


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» Groups laud exclusion of tobacco from AFTA tariff list
Online Publication Date:17 July 2012
A Malaysian coalition of tobacco control groups respond positively to the reported agreement by ASEAN health ministers to exclude tobacco from the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) tariff list.
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