- About bilaterals.org
- Feb-2016: New ISDS platform launched
- Sep-2004: Launch announcement
- Feb-2015: Relaunch of bilaterals.org
- Mar-2013: Relaunch of bilaterals.org
- Jun-2009: Relaunch of bilaterals.org
- Dec-2008: An update from bilaterals.org and logo design contest announcement
- Dec-2006: bilaterals.org in Spanish & French
- Sep-2006: Update from bilaterals.org
- How to participate
- Key issues
- Texts of agreements
bilaterals.org was initiated in September 2004 by the Asia-Pacific Research Network, GATT Watchdog, Global Justice Ecology Project, GRAIN, IBON Foundation and XminusY. What brought these groups together was a shared concern about the growth of bilateral trade and investment deals outside of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and a feeling that these less visible agreements were "under the radar" of many social justice activists. The bilaterals.org website was thus conceived as a kind of collaborative clearinghouse on the internet where people could find and post their own information and analysis about bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) and investment treaties being negotiated and signed across the globe, and who is doing what about them. The site’s goal is really to support social movements resisting the imposition of these deals, in a way that builds bridges between isolated efforts and shows the bigger, often global, dynamics at play.
Today, a small and independent group of people informally collaborate to ensure the maintenance, development and administration of the site, and its engagement in social media, on a day to day basis. They themselves work with different organisations and initiatives in different parts of the world, including Acción por la Biodiversidad, Global Justice Ecology Project, GRAIN and Indonesia Global Justice. Others help out occasionally with translations, compiling materials for the site, writing introductions to different sections, etc. Most of this work is done on a volunteer or solidarity basis.
Fighting FTAs: the growing resistance to bilateral free trade and investment agreements
bilaterals.org, BIOTHAI, GRAIN (editors), January 2008
All organisations, networks or individuals active on these issues or wanting to get more involved are very welcome to participate. There are a number of ways that you can join us and use this site.
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News from the movements
28-Feb-2017 Info Justice
Statement of public interest principles for copyright protection under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)Civil Society Statement concerning about the copyright protection standards proposed for the RCEP IP Chapter.
23-Feb-2017 S2BPosición de la red S2B sobre la propuesta de la Comisión Europea relativa a un mecanismo multilateral para la solución de controversias entre inversores y Estados (ISDS)
23-Feb-2017 Tele SurOver 280 organizations from around the world sent an open letter to Canadian-Australian mining giant OceanaGold demanding that the company adhere to an earlier ruling that ordered the company to pay the government of El Salvador US$8 million
20-Feb-2017 S2BGlobalisation is at a dangerous crossroads. One path leads to regained policy-space for governments to address climate change, inequality and other pressing issues of our times. The other leads to more rights for corporations to bully decision-makers.
18-Feb-2017 Le DauphinéAlors que le CETA vient d’être ratifié par le Parlement européen, Grenoble organise samedi, après Barcelone, les 2e Rencontres paneuropéennes des villes contre TAFTA - CETA – TISA,
17-Feb-2017 bilaterals.orgEl Coordinador de la Coalición nacional senegalesa “No a los AAE” nos habla de dos proyectos de libre comercio en relación con África: los Acuerdos de asociación económica y la Zona continental de libre comercio
16-Feb-2017 Une Seule Planète
Mouvement citoyens et pouvoirs locaux : quelle alliance pour construire les alternatives aux accords de libre-échange ?La logique des accords de libre-échange est celle d’une croissance infinie des richesses, d’une nature inépuisable d’une capacité exponentielle de l’Humanité à mobiliser le génie scientifique nécessaire pour minimiser les externalités sociales ou environnementales.
15-Feb-2017 RTThe European Parliament has approved a landmark free trade deal between the EU and Canada. Hundreds gathered in Strasbourg, France to protest the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
bilaterals.org is a collaborative space to share information and support movements struggling against bilateral trade and investment deals which serve corporations, not people. Multilingual. Global. No one owns it. Open publishing. Get involved.