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Murray Rankin v. Canada
Rankin acted on behalf of an American mining corporation in its successful bid to sue Canada using NAFTA.
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.
Mooted free-trade area seen boosting intra-African minerals trade flows
Formal negotiations are taking place among the 54 member States of the African Union to create a free-trade zone on the continent by 2017.
COMESA courts Australia on mineral policy
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is working with the government of Western Australia to develop a harmonised regional mineral policy focusing on the legal and regulatory framework.
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.
Reko Diq arbitration: Can there be a settlement?
We have been hearing news of the Pakistan government’s efforts to reach a settlement with the Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) in connection with the Reko Diq matter involving copper and gold reserves worth billions of dollars.
Canada’s Gabriel Resources files international arbitration suit against Romania
Gabriel Resources has filed a request for arbitration before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes against Romania over the Roşia Montană gold/silver project,
Gold mining company that sued Costa Rica files for bankruptcy
Zombie mining company that tried to sue Costa Rica for US$1 billion in lost profits folds.
Miners dig in against union critics of free-trade deals
The Minerals Council of Australia has dismissed critics of free-trade agreements, including unions and civil society groups, arguing that deals struck between Aus­tralia and other countries have brought substantial benefits.
Canada’s new trade deals good for Canadian corporations, bad for African democracy
What do we call it when Ottawa signs a deal with an unelected regime that would prevent any future elected government in a small African nation from changing its laws regulating Canadian-owned mines for almost two decades?
Singapore breaks new ground as arbitration hub
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes hears its first case outside of US, France
Stop the suits tour: International investment agreements threaten people and the environment from El Salvador to Canada
In anticipation of an imminent ruling from a little-known arbitration tribunal at the World Bank that could force El Salvador to pay Canadian-Australian mining firm OceanaGold US$301 million, a Salvadoran delegation is visiting Canada to discuss how investor-state arbitration threatens democratic decision-making, public health and the environment here and beyond our borders.
El Salvador, Water is more precious than gold
The International Trade Union Confederation calls on the government of El Salvador to denounce all treaties establishing ISDS proceedings.
Will El Salvador be forced to pay $301 million for valuing clean water over gold?
The Central American state of El Salvador could be forced to pay US$301 million in damages to an Australian-Canadian mining company, OceanaGold, after the company’s application for a mining license was rejected on the basis of the projected environmental damage it would cause.
PNG govt ordered to stop interfering in SDP
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes has ordered Papua New Guinea’s government to stop interfering in the management of PNG Sustainable Development Program.
Why is govt in a hurry to pay TCC for Reko Diq?
The Nawaz Sharif government is in an unnecessary haste to settle and pay millions, possibly billions, of dollars as compensation for the Reko Diq gold and copper mines to a discredited and ousted Canadian-Chilean mining consortium, a decision if made may resemble the infamous circular debt payment of Rs500 billion in the early days of the PML-N government.
What “free trade” has done to Central America
Ten years after the approval of DR-CAFTA, we are seeing many of the effects that citizens who opposed the deal cautioned about., write Manuel Perez-Rocha and Julia Paley.
FTA could ’lower mine safety’
Mining groups fear standards could slip at Australian mines if Chinese companies are allowed to bring in their own workers.
Netherlands – Indonesia BIT rolls back implementation of new Indonesian mining law: The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia
The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia is a powerful example of how investment agreements, particularly Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), are used by companies to get exemptions from government regulations and legislation, undermining democracy and development.