Trade archive

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    We take action against the EU for failing to consider environmental and social impacts of South American trade deal

    The European Commission has ignored its legal obligation to ensure the trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries will not lead to social, economic, environmental degradation and human rights violations, our new legal complaint highlights.

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    Energy Charter Treaty Reform – a missed opportunity to support the EU’s climate action and the clean energy transition

    ClientEarth’s lawyers have written to the Vice President of the European Commission calling for a more ambitious reform of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).

  • The Court of Justice of the EU continues to exclude EU citizens from EU external relations

    In an ‘unfortunate’ ruling, the Court of justice of the EU (CJEU) has decided to continue excluding members of the public from the debate on investment courts, despite the threat this arbitration system represents for the rule of law and the environment.

  • Due diligence key to make supply chains more sustainable: report

    ClientEarth legal experts took part in working groups to help develop the Global Resources Initiative (GRI) taskforce report highlighting the complexity of global food production systems, and challenging government to create systemic and transformative change that ensures food supply while putting people and planet first.

  • Investor-state dispute settlement must go to protect our environment

    Following widespread criticism in recent years, reforms of the controversial arbitration mechanism are underway at international level.

  • EU top Court misses opportunity to protect democracy in EU-Canada trade ruling

    In a disappointing judgment, the Court of Justice of the EU has recently ruled that the investment court system in the Canadian EU trade agreement is compatible with EU law.

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    EU Parliament-approved investment agreement may be illegal

    Lawyers have warned that a European investment agreement, endorsed yesterday by the EU Parliament, may not be compatible with the law.

  • Local community voices to be heard in illegal Romanian gold mine litigation

    Public interest law organizations filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Roşia Montană community affected by an illegal gold mine project in Romania.

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    Lawyers sue EU Commission for information on legality of trade deal tribunals

    ClientEarth has challenged a judgment regarding the European Commission’s decision to keep secret information about controversial investment tribunals in EU international trade deals.

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    EU-Indonesia trade deal risks accelerating deforestation

    New report: stronger safeguards are needed in the trade agreement to stop forests being destroyed at a faster rate. 

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    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.

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    UK must outlaw future trade deals with secret courts, which will risk ‘Green Brexit’

    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.

  • New ECJ ruling could spell the end of 200 intra-EU investment agreements

    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.

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    EU Court to judge controversial investment rules in Canada trade deal

    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.

  • Industrial pipes for story saying Europe top court decides member states must have say in EU trade deal clearing way for court case on CETA

    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.

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    An EU multilateral investment court must be fair and inclusive

    The Commission’s plans for a multilateral investment court must respect domestic courts, be inclusive, and protect responsible investment only.

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    Rule of law shunned as CETA deal approved in European Parliament

    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.

  • child flower and bumblebee to illustrate story saying CETA fears come true as EU bows to Canadian pressure to cut pesticides protection

    CETA fears come true as EU bows to Canadian pressure to cut pesticides protection

    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.

  • Photo of cranes to illustrate story saying CETA legality unresolved as MEPs avoid asking judges to check

    EU-Canada trade deal: MEPs vote to ignore CETA legality concerns

    MEPs have voted not to refer the EU-Canada trade agreement to the European Court of Justice.

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    CETA’s environment promises are little more than hot air – new analysis

    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.

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    ClientEarth calls on European Parliament to request CETA legality check

    ClientEarth is calling on MEPs to ask the opinion of the European Court of Justice on investor rules in EU-Canada trade deal CETA.

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    Investor rights to be judged by highest court in Europe as part of Belgian CETA deal

    The legality of one of the most controversial elements of the EU-Canada trade deal will be decided by the European Court of Justice.

  • Photo of fruit in shopping basket to illustrate story saying CETA close to collapse one day before trade agreement due to sign

    CETA close to collapse on eve of deal signing

    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.

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    Belgian region halts EU-Canada trade deal

    The Belgian region of Wallonia has rejected the controversial EU-Canada trade and investment deal known as CETA.