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121 scholars speak out against planned ISDS provisions in TTIP

A 100.000 citizens answered the EU consultation on ISDS, among them 121 academics. Some quotes from their submission: “The Commission’s consultation document is an extraordinary text. On the one hand, the document contains fierce (and, in our opinion, fully justified) … Continue reading

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Flawed Dutch government study on ISDS

Today the Dutch government published “The Impact of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the TTIP“. The Parliament had asked for this study. The study is flawed. —————- Update: See also the Vrijschrift note “Shortcomings in dutch government study on investor … Continue reading

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FFII submission: ISDS: A rigged system, avoid lock-in

Update: deadline extended to 13 July, see below. FFII submission to European Commission consultation on investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS): This submission concludes that investor-to-state dispute settlement lacks conventional institutional safeguards for independence and has characteristics of a rigged system. The … Continue reading

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Investor-to-state dispute settlement is a rigged system

Investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS), the most controversial element of the proposed trade agreement with the US, has characteristics of a rigged system. ISDS gives the US an unfair advantage, we can not expect EU companies to win ISDS cases against … Continue reading

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ISDS threatens privacy and reform of copyright and patent law

On 3 December 2013, the Dutch Parliament requested the government to investigate the potential social and environmental risks and the consequences of investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and the consequences of ISDS for the Netherlands and the financial risks for the … Continue reading

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Irresponsible EU parliament vote on ISDS tomorrow

Tomorrow the EU parliament will vote on investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS). The parliament will vote on a regulation regarding “International agreements: framework for managing financial responsibility linked to investor-state dispute settlement tribunals”. See the procedure file. The regulation is a … Continue reading

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European Commission prepares to surrender our privacy

In my previous post I wrote that in the US – EU trade negotiations (TTIP / TAFTA) the US tabled a proposal that will undermine our privacy. I asked the EU chief negotiator a question about this. He did not … Continue reading

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US wants to undermine privacy in TTIP negotiations

(Updated) In the EU – US trade negotiations (TTIP / TAFTA) the US tabled a proposal that would prohibit to require local data storage. If the EU accepts this proposal, the EU would give away an instrument essential to protect … Continue reading

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Tentative remarks on leaked CETA IP chapter

Today the German Pirate party published a leaked version of the intellectual property (IP) rights chapter of the EU – Canada trade agreement (CETA), version as of 17 December 2013. See Carta blog: Piraten leaken CETA-Dokument zu IPR (German). At … Continue reading

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IP and privacy in TTIP / TAFTA

With other representatives of civil society organisations and business stakeholders, I spent an afternoon at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs talking about the ongoing talks on a proposed EU – US trade agreement (TTIP/TAFTA). Intellectual property (IP) Of course, … Continue reading

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