February 10, 2020: British American Tobacco’s submission to the Dutch government in response to its plans to introduce new plain packaging legislation for cigarettes has included a veiled threat of arbitration under international trade law.
February 4, 2020: A new analysis of the Indian civil society campaign against the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RECP) by GRAIN and the Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers' Movements shares important learnings for social movements across the region. However, they also warn that efforts to bring India back to the negotiating table could mean that the campaign against the RCEP has not yet been fully won.
February 3, 2020: The UK officially left the EU on 31 January and news reports over the weekend suggest that the UK government plans to begin official trade negotiations with non-EU countries quickly.
January 30, 2020: An article by Manuel Perez-Rocha, an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, argues that the ISDS provisions for Mexico in the new NAFTA agreement are neo-colonial and give extensive powers to big polluters, which could restrict government’s ability to act on climate change.
January 28, 2020: Ursula von der Leyen, the new European Commission President, told business leaders last week that the EU was determined to meet its target of carbon neutrality by 2050, and if necessary would use carbon intensity taxes “to prevent the import of CO2 from abroad”
January 23, 2020: In November 2019 15 governments announced they had concluded the talks for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), but India withdrew from the negotiations. The target date for signing has now been postponed to November 2020, as other governments ask India to negotiate to re-join.
January 22, 2019: Australian mining company Indiana Resources is one of three mining companies that have served the Tanzanian government with a notice of intent to bring an ISDS case after it revoked the companies’ retention licences.
January 21, 2020: A New York Times investigation reprinted in the Sydney Morning Herald has reported that an American software company, established by Australian developer Hoan Ton-That, has developed ground-breaking facial recognition software that is being used without any regulation or public scrutiny by both public agencies and private companies in the US.