22 February 2016

In January, the Canadian company TransCanada announced its plan to sue the US government for more than US$15 billion under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – following the Obama Administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline: one of the most notorious and reviled proposed fossil fuel projects worldwide.

17 February 2016

The European Commission has proposed a new 'Investment Court System' to replace the current investor to state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other future investment deals.

The proposed new mechanism does not resolve the biggest problems with ISDS and would expand the reach of the system, increasing the risk of claims against the European Union.

14 December 2015

This short briefing explains why the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and the newly proposed Investment Court System (ICS) might not be legal under EU law. It outlines the threats of investment dispute settlement to the autonomy of the EU legal order, undermining the power of EU courts, and to the functioning of the EU's internal market.

The briefing also describes how member states could clarify the legal uncertainities by making a request for an opinion at the European Court of Justice.

27 November 2015

This report explains how the European Union is aggressively pursuing special rights for businesses whilst hampering efforts to hold corporations responsible for the human rights violations they commit.

29 September 2015

This analysis, by the Seattle to Brussels Network, looks at why the European Commission's proposal for an "Investment Court System" still fails to address the key problems of foreign investors' privileges.

The analysis says the European Commission proposals for reform do not address the fundamental flaws of ISDS. Instead the suggestion to introduce an Investment Court System is mainly cosmetic and serves as a lubricant to make foreign investors' privileges more acceptable, while increasing the coverage of ISDS.


24 September 2015

These factsheets have been developed to raise awareness and understanding across Europe about the EU-US transatlantic trade agreement (known as TTIP), which has the potential to be the biggest bilateral free trade agreement in history.

Developed in partnership with The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), they provide insights into the risks the agreement poses to crucial European social, health and environmental protection, including key food safety measures.

27 July 2015

The EU and the US are currently negotiating a transatlantic trade agreement (known as TTIP) which has the potential to be the biggest bilateral free trade agreement in history.

This paper outlines the risks the deal poses to crucial European social, health and environmental protection, including key food safety and pollution measures. Originally published in 2013, it was updated in August 2015.

14 April 2015

In January 2015 the European Commission published the first results of a public consultation with the highest number of responses in the history of the EU – more than 145,000 submissions by citizens. What had raised the interest and opposition of so many European citizens? A secretive legal system that had been virtually unknown to the general public a few years ago: the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, or ISDS.

8 April 2015

For the most recent round of EU-US trade talks, the European Commission released an initial proposal for legal text on 'regulatory cooperation' in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP. Regulatory cooperation is a key element of the proposed deal. As tariffs between the EU and the US are already relatively low, the main economic benefits attributed to TTIP by the European Commission are expected to come from harmonising regulatory standards between the EU and the US.

11 March 2015

Citizens' concerns that the EU-US trade deal could lead to 'chlorinated chicken' being sold in the EU have been downplayed as 'European fears over American 'Frankenfood' imports'. In reality, the European Commission has pushed hard to get meat rinses authorised for use by the European livestock sector. But the EU's approach to food safety standards is fundamentally different to the US approach. Europe's farmers, citizens and the environment have nothing to gain from chemical meat rinses.