16 October 2016: The Australia Senate has passed a motion brought by independent senator Jacqui Lambie to ban ISDS from being included in trade agreements.
October 15, 2016: After seven years of arbitration the ISDS case brought by mining company Pacific Rim against El Salvador has been found without merit, meaning the country will not have to pay the $250 million sought by the company.
However, there are no real winners. El Salvador had to spend over $12 million to defend the case, brought despite the mining company never fulfilling the legal requirements for a mining license.
The future of the TPP is looking increasingly rocky, but global corporations and the Turnbull Government are already setting their sights on another mega-trade deal, one which is even bigger and even more secretive than the TPP: the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
12 October 2016: Intellectual property provisions in the China-led RCEP regional trade deal could block access to life-saving drugs for millions in Africa and Asia, warns Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) regional representative Dr Maria Guevara.
"The enforcement provisions attempt to prevent the flow of generic medicines from producer to patient, thereby providing a blank cheque for abuse," she writes.
October 11, 2016: Representatives from AFTINET, the Public Health Association of Australia and the ACTU are heading to Canberra today to address a cross-party forum on the TPP hosted by ALP MP Josh Wilson, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Senator Nick Xenophon.
10 October 2016: In their article The New Rules of the Road: A Progressive Approach to Globalisation, Jared Bernstein and Lori Wallach argue that a new approach to trade is needed when a new President takes office in the US.
10 October 2016: At the recent Parliamentary inquiry hearings into the TPP, lawyer for Philip Morris Sam Luttrell told the committee that there was “hysteria" around the Phillip Morris case over plain packaging laws in Australia.
7 October 2016: Unions, environment groups and AFTNET supporters rallied in Melbourne today against the TPP outside of the national parliamentary inquiry hearings being held around the country. The rally followed other recent protests in Sydney and Perth.
Protesters called for Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon team to #BlockTheTPP in the Senate, where the Government does not have a majority.
October 6, 2016: Diverse community groups including AFTINET, Unions WA and The Greens banded together to rally to Stop the TPP in Perth on Wednesday. The rally was part of nationwide protests coinciding with the TPP Parliamentary Inquiry hearings around the country.
October 3, 2016: Portugal is facing a €42 million ISDS claim after it cancelled a deal to privatise part of Lisbon’s public transport system. It’s yet another case of ISDS being used to intimidate governments for democratic decision-making in the public interest.