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About the Project

The Network for Justice in Global Investment is a joint effort by citizens and organizations in a variety of countries to challenge one of the most anti-democratic aspects of the global economic order – the rules governing international investment. Read More.


When Corporations Sue Governments

Source: Nytimes.com / 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: Thenation.com / 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: Democracyctr.org / 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: Triplecrisis.com / 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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Venezuela Loses Chilean/Swiss Expropriation Case at World Bank ICSID Tribunal

Source: Laht.com / November, 2014

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

Source: Northernminer.com / October 22, 2014

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Tide turns on investor treaties

Source: Thestar.com.my / 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: Triplecrisis.com / By Kevin Gallagher / November, 2014

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Chinese corporations allowed to sue Australian government under free trade agreement

Source: Smh.com.au / By Gareth Hutchens/ November 18, 2014

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

Source: Abc.net.au / By Kyla Tienhaara / November 16, 2014

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The Corporate Assault on Latin American Democracy

Source: Counterpunch.org / 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: Theguardian.com / By Melissa Parke / October 29, 2014

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Media coverage of AFTINET protest at TPP Ministers meeting October 25

Source: Aftinet.org.au / October, 2014

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Trans-Pacific Partnership piles up challenges for democracy

Source: Theconversation.com / By Pat Ranald / October 20, 2014

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A better way to arbitrate

Source: Economist.com

October 11, 2014

Protections for foreign investors are not the horror critics claim, but they could be improved.

GOODBYE to the European Union’s environmental protections. Goodbye to Britain’s National Health Service. Goodbye, for that matter, to the ability of voters in sovereign, democratic states to determine the sort of country they would like to live in. These things are all doomed, thanks

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The arbitration game

Source: Economist.com

October 11, 2014

Governments are souring on treaties to protect foreign investors

IF YOU wanted to convince the public that international trade agreements are a way to let multinational companies get rich at the expense of ordinary people, this is what you would do: give foreign firms a special right to apply to a secretive tribunal of highly paid corporate lawyers for

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Canada Braces for EU Trade Pact Dispute With Germany

Source: Mobile.bloomberg.com / By Brian Parkin and Rainer Buergin / Octubre 08, 2014

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Dutch Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Award for Chevron against Ecuador

Source: Asil.org / By Caitlin Behles / October 3, 2014

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

Source: Cbc.ca / September 26, 2014

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Strategy Conversations: From Protest to Proposal – Launch of Alternative Proposal to the Global Investment Regime

Source: Alainet.org

September, 2014

By Aldo Orellana López and Thomas Mc Donagh*

Since the beginning of the new millennium, Latin America has been at the forefront of resistance to the imposition of global and regional free trade policies. The most important victory was the defeat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas

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ATTAC Summer University for the Social Movements: Challenging the Corporate Trade and Investment Agenda in Europe 19th – 23rd August 2014

By Thomas Mc Donagh and Manuel Pérez-Rocha*

“..I mentioned the great growth in their economic power, political influence and corrupting action. That is the reason for the alarm with which world opinion should react in the face of a reality of this kind. The power of these corporations is so great that it goes beyond all borders..”      

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Protesters in D.C. ask for halt to gold mining in El Salvador, say it will endanger ecology

Source: Washingtonpost.com

By Pamela Constable September 15

Protesters gather in front of the World Bank to protest a lawsuit by OceanaGold against El Salvador in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, 2014. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Calling gold mining a scourge on the environment of El Salvador, a group of protesters rallied Monday outside the World Bank in the District, where a tribunal is discussing the

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Tens of Thousands Call On OceanaGold to Drop its Suit Against El Salvador as Secret Hearings Begin at World Bank Tribunal

Source: Miningwatch.ca

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

(Ottawa) Nearly 150,000 people have already signed an online petition directed at the Australian-Canadian firm OceanaGold urging it to drop its suit against El Salvador.Secret hearings will begin on the case at a little known investment dispute tribunal housed at the World Bank in Washington, on Monday, September 15th.OceanaGold bought into the suit when it purchased Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining at

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Ottawa Groups Ask Australian High Commissioner to Support El Salvador over Mining Conflict with Australian Firm, OceanaGold

Source: Canadians.org

September 18, 2014 Joint Media Release

(Ottawa) On Thursday, a group of Ottawa-based organizations wrote a letter urging the Australian High Commissioner to work with the Australian government and pressure Melbourne-based OceanaGold to drop its $301 million lawsuit against El Salvador. Hearings on the suit began this week at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington.


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Philippine groups express solidarity to people of El Salvador in fight against mining giant Oceana Gold

Source: Focusweb.org

10 September 2014

Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity

Philippine groups express solidarity to people of El Salvador in fight against mining giant Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim Mining Corporation

Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance against Mining-Philippines), Lilak (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), Focus on the Global South and the EU-ASEAN FTA Campaign Network denounce the bullying of El Salvador by corporate mining giant

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Maritime Union Australia stage Sydney rally over OceanaGold lawsuit

Source: Demotix.com

5 September 2014

Union members hold up protest signs outside the World Bank Office in Martin Place, Sydney as Maritime Union Australia rallies, calling for for OceanaGold Corporation to drop its lawsuit against El Salvador.

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El Salvador’s struggle for democratic authority

Source: Canadians.org

September 29, 2014

I spent ten days in El Salvador this September representing the Council of Canadians on an international delegation examining metallic mining and how it affects communities. During the trip several events highlighted El Salvador’s struggle to remain a truly democratic and independent nation.

On September 15, which marked almost 200 years of independence for El Salvador, people were in

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Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA): More than 130 civil society organizations reiterate their rejection of an agreement that’s disastrous for people and the planet

Source: Tradejustice.ca

(Ottawa and Montreal, September 25, 2014)- Within one day of the opening of the Canada-European Union Summit to be held in Ottawa, over a hundred social organizations on both sides of the Atlantic are launching a joint statement denouncing the outrageous democratic deficit that surrounds the negotiations of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, and

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Rigged Rules: A Rogue Corporation in the World Bank’s Rogue Tribunal

Source: Triplecrisis.com

Robin Broad and John Cavanagh

On September 15, in a tribunal that few know exists, the fate of millions of people and hundreds of millions of dollars will be debated and decided in the next six months.

The tribunal is the World Bank Group’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). It sits in downtown Washington, D.C., behind security guards at the World

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Meet the Company Suing El Salvador for the Right to Poison Its Water

Source: Ips-dc.org

In an obscure World Bank court, a multinational mining firm is suing El Salvador for attempting to protect its citizens from deadly mining pollution.

By Robin Broad and John Cavanagh, September 10, 2014.


Salvadorans protest in favor of a ban on all mineral mining. (Photo: laurizza / Flickr)

An obscure tribunal housed at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. will

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The Fight to Keep Toxic Mining—and the World Bank—Out of El Salvador

Source: Fpif.org

By Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde, September 23, 2014

Complete with a giant inflatable fat cat, protesters rally outside the World Bank in support of El Salvador’s right to ban toxic mining along its principal watershed. (Photo: Ron Carver / Institute for Policy Studies)

For miners, investors, and artisans, few things are more precious than gold. But for human life itself, nothing is more precious

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Shadowy Tribunal Will Decide Whether El Salvador Can Protect Itself From Mining Companies

Source: Thinkprogress.org

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014



WASHINGTON, DC — Does a corporation’s right to profit trump a country’s right to protect its land and water?

That was the question today before the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), an obscure tribunal housed within the World Bank in Washington, DC. At a hearing closed to the press

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