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Trading with Trump – What we can expect from a UK-US trade deal
A new briefing has outlined the likely elements of a UK-US trade deal and argues that it would contain more extreme forms of all the controversial elements of the deal that was being negotiated between the EU and the USA.
Corporate sovereignty used to bully Ukraine, Colombia and Italy for protecting public health and the environment
ISDS is an attempt to remove the risk of investment from companies, and place it squarely on the public’s shoulders, without any quid pro quo.
Pharmaceutical giant threatens to drag Government before corporate tribunal
Novartis battle against Colombian Government highlights the threats to public health posed by the outrageous investor-state dispute settlement regime and bad “trade” deals.
Eli Lilly loses quixotic quest to get Canada to pay $500 million for rejecting its bad patents
Just the fact that the Canadian government had to go through this massive and expensive process for many years just for rejecting two bad patents should show why ISDS provisions are such a problem.
Canada scores ISDS victory over Eli Lilly
Canada has prevailed over pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly in a long-running investor-state dispute the drug company filed under NAFTA’s investment chapter.
Govt costs for tobacco case still secret
Taxpayers are still in the dark about how much of their money has been spent on fighting tobacco giant Philip Morris over plain packaging laws.
Trade deal ups risks in Chinese firm’s takeover of seniors’ care giant
FIPA means province could be blocked from improving care standards for residents.
Trade deals can have adverse impact on access to generic medicines
Interview with Dr Peter Ghys, interim director, strategic information and evaluation, UNAIDS
Don’t cry over dead trade agreements
If we can manage our own economies well, new trade pacts will become largely redundant.
MSF press release: RCEP trade deal negotiators must reject terms that would harm access to medicines
International medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), along with other health groups, reiterated concerns about harmful intellectual property provisions in the proposed agreement that would increase market monopolies for pharmaceutical corporations and delay or block access to affordable generic medicines.
TiSA: Trade in Services Agreement is bad news for workers and communities
In November 2016, the International Trade union Confederation published analysis of the expected impact of TiSA on workers and service providers
Trading away health: the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
A leaked draft of RCEP has revealed some proposed provisions that could undermine access to price-lowering, generic medicines, and thus, life-saving treatment to millions of people in the developing world
The Aids revolution is why Asean, India and China must resist controls on generic drugs
Affordable generics have transformed medical treatment, yet intellectual property provisions in a China-led regional trade deal could block access to life-saving drugs for millions in Africa and Asia
Did TTIP push the EU to scrap precaution on endocrine disruptors?
In June, the European Commission broke its promise that it will not trade away the ’precautionary principle’ to strike a trade deal with the United States, BEUC reports.
No logo - Tobacco regulation
Three years ago, the government of Togo received a letter from Philip Morris International outlining how plain packaging would violate binding global and regional agreements.
Big Tobacco’s controversial, ailing crusade against plain packaging
Philip Morris International sent a letter to the government of Togo. It outlined how plain packaging would violate binding global and regional agreements. Togo was in no position to anger its international partners, it suggested.
Who really won the legal battle between Philip Morris and Uruguay?
The tobacco giant has to pay $7m to the small South American nation in a dispute over cigarette adverts. But the case could still set a worrying precedent.
Is TPP a public health threat?
The Vietnamese Government should bar certain industries from exploiting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) lest they damage public health, health activists warned.
Celebrating Uruguay’s ISDS victory over Philip Morris?
A private ISDS tribunal has just ruled in favor of Uruguay over its tobacco labeling legislation. But why do we even allow this game to take place in the first place, regardless of the chance of a fatal outcome.
Phillip Morris loses tough-on-tobacco lawsuit in Uruguay
The World Bank’s ICSID ruled in favor of Uruguay in a suit filed by Philip Morris International seeking compensation for economic damages caused by the nation’s anti-tobacco measures.