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Global Campaign & S2B Webinars: Trade & Investment Regime – Corporate Power

Disman'tle Corporate Power

The Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity and Seattle to Brussels Network are organizing 2 Webinars targeting Trade & Investment campaigners as well as Corporate Power Campaigners. Please find below the details on both Webinars and kindly register yourself. 

 

WEBINAR 1.  Title: Architecture of Corporate Impunity and UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

Date: 14th May, 1 pm – 2.30 pm CEST (Geneva time, to check your correspondent time zone see here)  

 

To register your participation:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n9zx0-54TOCpma0EiCE8yA 
After your registration, you will receive an alert by e-mail with information to join the Webinar.  

 

Target audience: Trade & Investment campaigners (from networks in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, Northern America).

 

Description: The main objective of the Webinar will be to spark the interest of Trade & Investment campaigners in the struggles to dismantle corporate power, and generate a collective reflection on the links between Trade & Investment regime and Corporate Impunity regime. Therefore the work of the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity will be presented, with a specific focus on the process towards the UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and other enterprises and Human Rights and the elements that directly aim to tackle the Trade & Investment regime advanced in the proposal of Treaty of the Global Campaign.

 

Language: the Webinar will be in English but a written translation to Spanish will be provided and participants will be able to intervene in Spanish. 

 

Programme 

Introduction: Why corporate power is at the core of campaigns against trade & investment agreements.

 

Input 1: When we speak about corporate power, what are we concretely speaking about? Architecture of corporate impunity and links to the Trade & Investment regime. Presentation of concrete examples in different regions.
Q&A (written understanding questions) 

 

Input 2: The Global campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity. Antecedents, goals, activities.
Q&A (written understanding questions) 

Input 3: Process towards the UN Binding Treaty on transnational corporations and other enterprises on Human Rights. Where is the process at. Concrete proposals of the Global Campaign that address directly the Trade & Investment regime inside the Treaty. Mention the French law experience. 
Q&A (written understanding questions) 

 

Collective discussion

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WEBINAR 2. Title:  The Investment Treaty regime. A key element for corporate power

Date: 23rd May,  1 pm – 2.30 pm CEST (Geneva time, to check your correspondent time zone see here)

 

To register your participation: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__RKUa0kXSm-fdzOT4fN-HA 
After your registration, you will receive an alert by e-mail with information to join the Webinar.  

 

Target audience: Corporate power campaigners (members & allies of the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity). 

 

Description: The main objective of the Webinar will be to approach Corporate Power campaigners to the struggles against the Trade & Investment regime, and generate a collective reflection on the links between Trade & Investment regime and Corporate Regime. The Webinar will have a specific focus provisions in modern trade agreements that are increasing corporate power, on Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) as well as on the Multilateral Investment Court (MIC) proposed by the European Commission. It will also explore next moments of convergence between the two movements.

 

 

Language: the Webinar will be in English but a written translation to Spanish will be provided and participants will be able to intervene in Spanish. 

 

Programme 

Introduction: How the trade & investment regime ensures TNCs benefits, increases & locks in corporate power, and is a key component of the architecture of impunity.

 

Input 1: Trade and investment agreements: made for corporations by corporations. Now going beyond borders. Which mechanism are increasing corporate power the most in recent trade agreements? What are the new frontiers of the corporate agenda, and how do they push it in trade deals?
Q&A (written understanding questions) 

 

Input 2: The state of ISDS worldwide: crisis or consolidation?  Will include a close look at the EU’s new global corporate court proposal
Q&A (written understanding questions) 


Input 3: Upcoming global moments & spaces important for the trade moment, where convergence with the global campaign can be valuable. Two examples: opposing the EU global ISDS initiative at UNCITRAL, and converging at the anti-G20 actions
Q&A (written understanding questions) 

Collective discussion

 

Also available in: Spanish