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Sovereign rights to natural resources as a basis for denouncing international adjudication of investment disputes: A reflection on the Tanzanian approach
Tanzania’s reforms show that the claim that African states should regard ISDS mechanism as the preferred method for resolving investment disputes is not only very contested, but that there are legitimate grounds for those contestations.
Alternatives for the ‘Energy and Raw Materials Chapters’ in EU trade agreements
How trade agreements could strengthen human rights and environmental protection in the raw materials sector.
China’s raw materials strategy
The BRI builds China’s commercial ties abroad by financing, constructing, and developing major transport, energy, technology, and other infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.
Breaking new ground: The EU’s push for raw materials sovereignty
When it comes to critical raw materials, the Commission is exploring fair trade agreements with Africa, Australia and Chile while the Canada-Europe trade deal could be a boon for sourcing nickel and rare earths.
Belt and road initiative: Ominously, Chinese investment in South Asia target control of natural resources
Economic corridors have hardly been as controversial as China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI). It could have avoided controversies if it had proceeded in a consultative fashion like multi-country cross-border corridors.
Government regulatory space in the shadow of BITs: The case of Tanzania’s natural resource regulatory reform
Tanzania passed three new laws that significantly change the regulatory landscape governing natural resources and the mining sector in particular.
Community perspectives in investor-state arbitration
This report examines whether and how investor-state arbitral tribunals consider community perspectives, interests and rights in their settlement of investment disputes.
Nigeria: Trade negotiation office to advise govt on how to resolve EPA challenge
"We have looked at the agreement and we believe that the agreements are situated in the 19th century and we are now in the 21st century," Nigerian govt claims
Gold jewelry maker asks government for FTA with UAE
Major gold jewelry producer has asked the government to establish a free trade agreement with the United Arab Emirates to lower the country’s import tax for Indonesian jewelry.
Venezuela ordered to pay steelmaker Tenaris $162 million for takeover
A World Bank tribunal ordered Venezuela to pay steelmaker Tenaris SA $162 million for expropriating two investments in the country
EU-Mexico FTA - EU text proposals (November 2016)
As published by the European Commission
The men behind ISDS
The so-called “ISDS” has been existing for years already. A revealing look in the hidden world of investor-state dispute settlement.
Eco-groups join in $ 101M Bilcon quarry fight
The environmental lobby is going to bat for the federal and provincial governments against international big business in a $101-million argument.
U.S. top court rejects Ecuador challenge to Chevron arbitration award
The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a $96 million international arbitration award issued in 2011 in favor of energy company Chevron in a dispute over the development of oil fields in Ecuador.
Australia-India free trade pact at an advanced stage: Australian envoy
Talks on an India-Australia free trade agreement are in an advanced stage, but Australia is currently unable to commit on a timeline for its finalisation owing to the forthcoming federal elections
Indonesia eyes FTA with Australia in 2017, CEPA with EU in 2018
Indonesia is hoping to seal a free trade agreement ( FTA ) with Australia in 2017, followed by a comprehensive economic partnership agreement ( CEPA ) with the European Union in 2018.
Disaster capitalism: Ecuador forced to pay US oil giant $ 180M
The Ecuadorean government is being forced to use money that could go toward relief efforts to instead pay off a multinational oil company.
EU African EPAs in limbo
The EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements with sub-Saharan countries inked a few years ago are not getting off the ground as African governments don’t like their EU-inspired rules on raw materials policies.
Dutch court overturns $50 billion ruling against Russia in Yukos case
In a major victory for the Russian government, a Dutch court overturned an award of more than $50 billion to former shareholders of the defunct oil company Yukos.
Lifting sanctions against Iran: a perfect opportunity for Japanese industry
Numerous trade opportunities that have led Japan and Iran to sign an agreement, which marks the first stage in the process of economic rapprochement.