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  • Alberto Arroyo, RMALC, México
  • Angel Ibarra, Unidad Ecológica Salvadoreña, El Salvador
  • Elizabeth Peredo Beltran, Fundación Solón, Bolivia
  • Sebastian Valdomir, REDES Amigos de las Tierras, Uruguay
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  • Jim Shultz, Democracy Center, Bolivia
  • Graciela Rodríguez, Equit/REBRIP, Brasil
  • Brid Brennan, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam


Manuel Perez Rocha
Institute for Policy Studies

Aldo Orellana Lopez
The Democracy Center

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Newsletter # 30
January, 2015

Dear friends,

Welcome to newsletter # 30 of the Network for Justice in Global Investment (NJGI).

The year 2014 will be remembered for the enormous backlash against the investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms in bilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements. The issue has moved from obscurity to occupy a central place in major newspapers around the world and a subject of great controversy in multiple trade and investment negotiations. This year we will continue working to overturn these unfair rules designed by and for corporations.

We wish you a happy and productive year!

Your friends at the Democracy Center in Cochabamba Bolivia and at the Global Economy Project of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.



Remember that more resources and analysis about the debate on global investment rules are available on our website.  You can also follow us on Facebook here and on Twitter @JustNJGI.

In Focus – Campaigns & Strategy

International Investment Rules “Out of Sync” with 21st Century Challenges; Speech at UN preparatory event for the Financing for Development Summit

Source: / By Sarah Anderson / December 11, 2014

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When Corporations Sue Governments

Source: / December 3, 2014 / Op ed by Manuel Pérez-Rocha in the New York Times and International New York Times

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What ‘Free Trade’ Has Done to Central America

Source: / Manuel Pérez-Rocha, Julia Paley and Foreign Policy In Focus / November 24, 2014

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Fracking, Free Trade Agreements, and the Mechanisms of Corporate Power

Source: / By Thomas Mc Donagh / October 16, 2014

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“Remembering the Tokyo No Fifty Years Later: When 21 Countries Opposed World Bank Plans for an Investor-State Dispute Institution”

Source: / By Robin Broad / December, 2014

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Corporate Conquistadors: The Many Ways Multinationals Both Drive and Profit from Climate Destruction

By Democracy Center – Corporate Europe Observatory – Transnational Institute / December, 2014

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In Focus – Analysis & Opinion

Other Hot Topics:

Canada being sued for billions under NAFTA investor protections

Source: / By Les Whittington / January, 13 2015

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TTIP: Activists triumph as contentious US free trade deal clause suspended

Source: / January 13, 2014

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European Commission publishes TTIP legal texts as part of transparency initiative

Source: / European Commission – Press release / Brussels, 07 January 2015

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Commission consultation on investor rights in TTIP makes a mockery of democracy

Source: / January 13, 2015

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Stopping the Biggest Corporate Power Grab in Years

Source: / By Arthur Stamoulis / January 6, 2015

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DECODED: How Companies Sue Countries (and what it means for environmental laws)

Source: / By Amy Westervelt / January 5, 2015

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How CETA’s Investor Protection Rules threaten the Public Good in Canada and the EU

Source: / By Pia Eberhardt, Blair Redlin, Cecile Toubeau / November 18, 2014

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The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia

Source: / By Hilde van der Pas, Riza Damanik / November 12, 2014

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The State of Play in Vattenfall v. Germany II: Leaving the German public in the dark

Source: / By Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Martin Dietrich Brauch/ December 24, 2014

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Short film: Investor State Dispute Settlement and Financial Crises

Source: / December 10, 2014

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Expert Meeting on Transformation of the International Investment Agreement Regime

Source: / December, 2014

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Case Studies: Investor-State Attacks on Public Interest Policies

Source: / December, 2014

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Venezuela Loses Chilean/Swiss Expropriation Case at World Bank ICSID Tribunal

Source: / November, 2014

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Gold Reserve wins US$740M in ‘stunning victory’ against Venezuela

Source: / October 22, 2014

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Tide turns on investor treaties

Source: / By Martin Khor / November 24, 2014

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South Africa and Ecuador Lead By Example; Investment Treaties Bring More Risk Than Benefit

Source: / By Kevin Gallagher / November, 2014

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Chinese corporations allowed to sue Australian government under free trade agreement

Source: / By Gareth Hutchens/ November 18, 2014

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China free trade: is there a devil in the detail?

Source: / By Kyla Tienhaara / November 16, 2014

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The Corporate Assault on Latin American Democracy

Source: / By Justin Doolittle / November 3, 2014

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Why support the TPP when it will let foreign corporations take our democracies to court?

Source: / By Melissa Parke / October 29, 2014

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Media coverage of AFTINET protest at TPP Ministers meeting October 25

Source: / October, 2014

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Trans-Pacific Partnership piles up challenges for democracy

Source: / By Pat Ranald / October 20, 2014

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Canada Braces for EU Trade Pact Dispute With Germany

Source: / By Brian Parkin and Rainer Buergin / Octubre 08, 2014

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Dutch Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Award for Chevron against Ecuador

Source: / By Caitlin Behles / October 3, 2014

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Harper, EU leaders celebrate trade deal they haven’t sealed

Source: / September 26, 2014

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