Shadow Courts: The Tribunals that Rule Global Trade

Shadow Courts: The Tribunals that Rule Global Trade by Haley Sweetland Edwards 099712640X 9780997126402
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A detailed look at one little-known but powerful provision in most modern trade agreements.

International trade deals have become vastly complex documents, seeking to govern everything from labor rights to environmental protections. This evolution has drawn alarm from American voters, but their suspicions are often vague.

In this book, investigative journalist Haley Sweetland Edwards focuses on one crucial aspect of these massive agreements: a powerful provision called Investor-State Dispute Settlement, which allows foreign corporations to sue sovereign nations before little-known supranational arbitration tribunals.

Edwards makes a devastating case that these tribunals (the shadow courts of the books title), which were designed 50 years ago to protect foreign investors property rights abroad, are now being exploited by multinational corporations at the expense of sovereign nations and their citizens. From the 1960s to 2000, corporations brought fewer than 40 cases through these tribunals. In the last 15 years, theyve brought nearly 650.

In the course of her reporting, Edwards interviewed dozens of policymakers, activists, and government officials in Argentina, Canada, Bolivia, Ecuador, the European Union, and the United States. The result is a major story, untold before now, about a significant shift in the global balance of power.

Author: Haley Sweetland Edwards

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 142

Publisher: Columbia Global Reports

Publication Date: 2016-09-06

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