investment treaties

The European Commission's freeze in negotiations over dangerous corporate rights in the EU-US trade deal (TTIP) announced this week is an important first success for the growing anti-TTIP movement. But a closer look at the Commission’s line shows that it might just be a smart trick to dispel concerns.
Some investment lawyers have rejected the allegations of "Profiting from Injustice", a report which looks at the role of law firms, arbitrators and third-party funders in the recent boom in lawsuits of foreign investors against states. This blog responds to their defence of the international investment regime, argueing that it is neither fair nor independent, but biased towards the interests of investors.

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Today, judges delivered a legal opinion on the evidence and witness statements from the Monsanto Tribunal, an international civil society court set up to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, crimes against humanity and ecocide.

Alongside 200 allied organisations, CEO has signed on to an open letter to Competition Commissioner Vestager, which raises objections to the planned mergers of six giant agribusiness corporations.

Participants to the 10th Forum for the Future of Agriculture, an annual lobbying event organised by Syngenta and the EU lobby of large landowners, were greeted with a "special" video message, an "Address from His Holiness The Pope". Unfortunately, the video did not actually come from the Vatican.

Corporate Europe Observatory welcomed the European Parliament‘s adoption of the inquiry report on the ‘Dieselgate‘ scandal this morning as a first step towards curbing the excessive influence of the car industry over EU emission regulations.