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Submissions to UNCTAD on International Investment Regime

Submissions to UNCTAD on International Investment Regime

Controversial debates about Investor-state dispute settlement in TTIP and CETA

As a contribution to the ongoing discussion on the reform of the international in-vestment regime, members of the Ecologic legal team submitted two briefs to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). UNCTAD is a UN organisation dealing with developing countries and their role in international trade and investment. Both briefs are available for download.

The first one, "Not a reason (and many risks) in sight: ISDS in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)", describes the potential impact of TTIP and its provisions on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) on environmental regulation and discusses some of the main rationales behind ISDS and main contra arguments.

The second one, "CETA and TTIP sparking controversial debates on investment protection in Germany", was compiled by Christiane Gerstetter and Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf as a contribution to UNCTAD's "Report Back" initiative. It summarizes the recent debate in Germany on ISDS in the context of TTIP and the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada and discusses the main arguments and criticism voiced by a wide range of actors from ordinary citizens, NGOs, trade unions and a significant part of the press to parts of academics, business actors and the political establishment.

Contact: Christiane Gerstetter