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El Salvador top court suspends scrapping of Taiwan trade accord
El Salvador’s highest court temporarily suspended the cancellation of a free trade pact with Taiwan.
After NAFTA fight, Trump threatens another trade battle with Central America
Now that the Trump administration has revamped the North American Free Trade Agreement, it is taking a look at kicking key countries out of its sister pact, the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
S. Korea, five central American countries to discuss cooperation
The officials will likely discuss the impact that the trade agreement could have on their economic and business relations.
El Salvador freezes OceanaGold bank accounts, assets over $8 mln payment
El Salvador froze bank accounts and assets belonging to OceanaGold Corp after the mining company refused to pay the country $8 million as mandated by an international court.
Australian-Canadian miner ordered to pay interest to El Salvador
A giant Australian-Canadian gold mining group, OceanaGold, has been ordered to pay interest on $8 million in legal costs awarded to El Salvador over a lawsuit it lost.
S. Korea tentatively signs FTA with 5 Central American countries
South Korea and a group of Central American countries have tentatively signed a free trade agreement.
Pressure grows on mining giant to pay $8 million to El Salvador
Over 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
No more mining - Reflections from Pacific Rim Cayman v El Salvador (ICSID)
Pac Rim Cayman raises interesting jurisdictional issues as well as environmental and social justice issues in the context of resource development in developing countries.
El Salvador’s win against the US mining company Pacific Rim : a very nuanced victory
The ICSID decided in favour of El Salvador in a case brought by the US mining company Pacific Rim Cayman regarding a dispute over the granting of a mining licence.
El Salvador lessons for the TPP fight
In a tale of people power over corporate power, a tribunal has ruled against a global company in a case over mining rights. Now we need to block trade deals that allow these “investor-state” lawsuits.
After seven years and millions of dollars, decision announced in Pac Rim mining company vs. El Salvador
Coalition of groups state “there are no winners," investor-state arbitration subverts democracy.
The court that rules the world
A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment.
Water for gold
Water for Gold tells the alarming story of how international trade law is leading us to trade our most basic rights to clean, safe water for access to gold.
The impact of ISDS on the environment
Brooke Guven (Colombia Center on Sustainable Investment) talks about investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) at AFL-CIO conference on trade.
Migrants from the South, the contemporary faces of exclusion and marginalization
Today’s migrations, as macro international displacements of hundreds of thousands of people with or without documents — in many cases in precarious conditions of transit — have been and are one of the social processes that characterize what is happening in different latitudes of the earth since in the new century, in the global context of neoliberal economic restructuring directed by transnational enterprises and the capitalist countries of the first world.
Corporate bias at the World Bank Group
This briefing finds significant ICSID bias in favour of corporations and commercial interests by analysing ICSID overall and by looking at a specific case brought by a global mining corporation against El Salvador.
El Salvador vs Pacific Rim: the price of saying ‘no’ to a gold mine
El Salvador is defending itself against a US$301m lawsuit filed after it blocked a mining project to protect the country’s heavy-polluted water supply. The imminent verdict will set a precedent amid a growing trend of companies suing governments when they can’t exploit their natural resources.
For the love of water: El Salvador’s mining ban
Over 90 percent of El Salvador’s surface water is contaminated with industrial chemicals, making it unsuitable to drink even if the water is boiled, chlorinated or filtered beforehand. A new action plan for passing a nationwide ban has begun to unfold, as Salvadorans await the outcome of the Pacific Rime ICSID case.
El Salvador: “Arbitration with Pacific Rim has cost the State $12.6 million”
Luis Parada, a lawyer with the law firm Foley Hoag, is optimistic that the company, Pacific Rim, will not prevail in the proceedings.
Bringing community perspectives to investor-state arbitration: the Pac Rim case
Civil society organisations can play an important role in carrying and strengthening community voices in arbitration processes, by making submissions to arbitral tribunals.