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Together for Justice: 2012 International Gathering  

August 13-15, 2012
Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL



Free Trade and the Erosion of Sovereignty

Led by Manuel Perez Rocha from Institute for Policy Studies

The investment rules within Free Trade Agreements, such as NAFTA and CAFTA, and thousands of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) have been written to favor the interests of corporations and maximize their profits, undermining the sovereignty of nation states’ and their peoples, thus infringing upon the ability of nation states to develop and implement responsible public policy in favor of the environment and human rights. There is a growing trend, especially in Latin America, where corporations are suing nation states in closed-door and unaccountable international tribunals for designing and applying responsible public policy that responds to the demands of the population for protections from the harmful environmental effects from industries such as the oil, gas and mining industries.  Conference participants learned about what efforts are being waged, from the grassroots to experts in solidarity to restore a balance in investment rules, and how several countries are responding to this challenge.

Mining for Profits in International Tribunals Presentation by Manuel Perez Rocha

Mining for Profits in International Tribunals: How Transnational Corporations Use Trade and Investment Treaties as Powerful Tools in Disputes Over Oil, Mining, and Gas by Sarah Anderson, Manuel Pérez-Rocha, Rebecca Dreyfus, and J. Alejandro Artiga-Purcell

Global Investment Rules: Threat to Democracy and the Environment

World Bank Protest - Pacific Rim v El Salvador Case - 12-15-2011

Don’t Expand NAFTA by Manuel Perez-Rocha and Stuart Trew

Extrayendo Ganancias en los Tribunales Internacionales

Free Trade Agreements and the Consolidation of Democracy by Xuepeng Liu and Emanuel Ornelas

Overview of FTA and Other Trade Negotiations by the EU Trade European Commission


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