The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was concluded in 2014 between the European Union and Canada. It entered into provisional application in September 2017.

The agreement covers most aspects of new generation trade deals, including intellectual property, public procurements, regulatory cooperation, services and elimination of tariffs.

It also includes an investment chapter with a revised investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, dubbed investment court system. Many critics on both sides of the Atlantic say that this new system is largely window-dressing and does not address the core of the problem behind investor-state dispute measures which enable foreign corporations to sue states if they deem their profits or investment potentials affected by new laws or changes in policy.

(March 2020)

The Guardian | 17-Nov-2016
Rising inequality is largely to blame for this electoral upset. Continuing with business as usual is not an option.
Les Echos | 17-Nov-2016
Le traité de libre-échange entre l’UE et le Canada pourrait, à terme, généraliser le recours à l’arbitrage.
Vieuws | 8-Nov-2016
The move follows the Commission’s pledge from last year to “start work, together with other countries, on setting up a permanent International Investment Court.”
L’actualité | 8-Nov-2016
Le règlement de différends qui opposent des États et des entreprises étrangères devrait se faire devant les tribunaux et non devant des arbitres qui officient derrière des portes closes, affirme le professeur de droit Gus Van Harten.
Le Monde | 1-Nov-2016
Les tribunaux d’arbitrage associés au traité CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) sont devenus ces dernières années le symbole des mouvements de contestation du libre-échange.
European Law Blog | 31-Oct-2016
The Belgian federal government will seek the opinion of the European Court of Justice on the compatibility of the Investment Court System (ICS) in CETA with the Treaties.
Tercera Información | 28-Oct-2016
La campaña No al TTIP, de la que forma parte Ecologistas en Acción, convoca nuevas movilizaciones los días 4 y 5 noviembre para impedir la firma del acuerdo comercial UE-Canadá (CETA).
La Libre | 27-Oct-2016
Et si, plus encore que politique, les obstacles qui encombrent la route à l’approbation de l’Accord économique et commercial global (Ceta) conclu entre l’Union européenne et le Canada étaient de nature juridique ?
SSRN | 22-Oct-2016
For eight reasons, Gus Van Harten argues that the Declaration does very little to alleviate key concerns arising from the CETA’s proposed special rights and privileges for foreign investors
VOA | 20-Oct-2016
Protests against the Rosia Montana mine project continued for more than 15 years and resulted in the largest demonstrations in Romania since the late 1980’s.

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