Report: Landmark ruling suggests investor-state dispute settlement illegal in all EU-investment deals
A report published today by ClientEarth and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) reveals that the recent Achmea ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could render investment agreements between the European Union (EU) or its Member States and non-EU countries illegal.
ClientEarth CEO, James Thornton, has today called for the UK to make controversial trade deals that allow companies to sideline domestic courts and sue governments over environmental laws, illegal.
Today, a landmark ruling of the European Court of Justice could signal the beginning of the end for around 200 investment agreements between EU Member States.
Belgium has delivered on its promise to ask the European Court of Justice to rule on whether controversial investment tribunals set up by the EU-Canada trade deal contradict EU law.
Europe’s top court decides member states must have say in EU trade deals, clearing way for court case on CETA
Comprehensive trade deals between the EU and other countries must be approved by all member states in the EU, judges at the European Court of Justice have ruled.
The Commission’s plans for a multilateral investment court must respect domestic courts, be inclusive, and protect responsible investment only.
MEPs have voted through CETA, without seeking the opinion of the European Court of Justice on one of the most controversial elements of the trade deal.
The European Commission has cut the level of protection in EU pesticides rules following pressure from the US and Canada, minutes of a meeting reveal.
MEPs have voted not to refer the EU-Canada trade agreement to the European Court of Justice.
Toothless, unenforceable environment rules and a tribunal system which will prioritise corporate interests undermine claims that the EU-Canada trade agreement is a ‘gold standard’ of trade deals to benefit people and the planet.
ClientEarth is calling on MEPs to ask the opinion of the European Court of Justice on investor rules in EU-Canada trade deal CETA.
The legality of one of the most controversial elements of the EU-Canada trade deal will be decided by the European Court of Justice.
The EU-Canada trade deal (CETA) is on the verge of collapse, 24 hours before Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is due to arrive in Brussels to sign it.
The Belgian region of Wallonia has rejected the controversial EU-Canada trade and investment deal known as CETA.
Over 100 EU law professors have signed a letter saying investor provisions in trade agreements like TTIP and CETA undermines EU rule of law.
ClientEarth has launched legal proceedings against the European Commission for keeping secret official analysis of whether controversial investor rules in international trade agreements are legal.
Highly controversial investor rules in CETA led the European Parliament to ask its legal service whether they were compatible with EU law, but the analysis reads like a justification of ICS.
Negotiations over the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA) must be governed by democracy, not hyperbole, campaigners today told trade minister Jean-Luc Demarty.
A German political party has filed a law suit against the EU-Canada trade agreement, saying it would violate EU law and the rights of German Parliament.
The Commission’s proposal on provisional application of the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA) violates EU law, because the EU can only provisionally apply those parts of the international agreement over which it has exclusive powers – not CETA in its entirety
A leaked proposal by Austria, Finland, France, Germany and the Netherlands seeks more investor protection through an EU multilateral investment treaty, and might be incompatible with EU law.
Leaked documents on the controversial TTIP free trade deal being negotiated between the EU and US reveal that both sides are seeking to influence each other’s rule-making. The leak follows a letter to the EU Commissioner last week.
ClientEarth letter to Malmström asks her to exclude controversial elements of the EU’s Better Regulation agenda from TTIP trade negotiations with the US.
Today marks a significant milestone for those who want to see an end to illegal logging around the world.
It’s the third anniversary of the European Union’s Timber Regulation.