4 August, 2023: India is currently negotiating Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the UK and EU, among other countries, which include demands for stricter intellectual property rules, threatening India’s production of generic medicines and role as “pharmacy of the world.”
August 1, 2023: Six years after the Colombian Court ruled to stop the expansion of a massive open-pit mine to protect the rights of Indigenous Wayúu and Afro-Colombian communities, the decision has yet to be implemented.
25 July, 2023: There has been increasing criticism of the process for negotiating the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) with the recent conclusion of the fourth round IPEF negotiations in Busan, South Korea which reported incremental progress.
July 19, 2023: Global Pandemic Agreement discussions aimed at ensuring equitable access to medicines in the case of a future global health emergency have resumed this week at the World Health Organisation (WHO).
July 17, 2023: Trade Minister Farrell and Prime minster Albanese announced last week that EU concessions in negotiating the Australia-EU FTA were not good enough and that Australia would not sign a deal unless it had real commercial benefits for Australia.
12 July, 2023: The Attorney General’s Department has confirmed that Clive Palmer’s company, Zeph Investment, which is registered in Singapore, has lodged a second Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) claim suing the Australian government for $41.3 billion under the 2012 ASEAN-Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.
10 July, 2023 In response to a call from the UN, legal experts from the Centre for International Environmental Law, International Institute for Sustainable Development and ClientEarth have released a submission outlining the dangers of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) on the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
July 5, 2023: The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) is a new regional forum initiated by the US that proponents say will strengthen economic cooperation between its 14 participants and divert supply chains away from China. IPEF, unlike traditional trade agreements, does not include market access commitments like lower tariffs.