Trade justice

Trade has always been part of society and in itself it could be a good thing. But trade deals are no longer just about selling more goods to other countries. Instead, they are often about giving huge new powers to big business, affecting every aspect of society from the public services to online privacy, from environmental protection to food standards.

We are campaigning to ensure trade deals work for people and planet. We are doing this by fighting for parliament to have the powers to scrutinise and approve future trade deals, challenging future UK trade deals and making sure they do not include  corporate courts.

Trade democracy

As the UK leaves the EU, the powers to oversee and ratify trade deals will return to the UK. But the government's current Trade Bill transfers these powers directly into the hands of trade secretary Liam Fox, giving no effective role to the UK parliament over scrutiny and approval. >>> Find out more

Trade after Brexit

The UK government is lining up a raft of new trade deals post-Brexit which could pose huge threats on the environment, public services and food and agricultural standards. We will oppose future trade deals that harm people and planet. >>> Find out more

Corporate courts

Trade and investment deals are giving big business unique powers to sue governments for democratic decisions that affect corporate profit. We are calling for an end to these corporate courts. >>> Find out more

 

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Latest posts

Here’s what a trade deal with Trump could mean for our NHS


07 June 2019

This week the unacceptably high price of trading with Trump was laid bare as he declared that the NHS would be ‘on the table’ for a future trade deal. He then tried to retreat following a widespread backlash telling another interviewer: ‘I don’t see it being on the table’. Regardless of Trump’s confusion on this, the dangers of a potential US trade deal still are very real.

Brexit trade delusions show why Britain needs to confront its history of empire

The chance for Britain to resume its glorious role as a proud trading nation is one of the defining myths of Brexit. It obscures the reality of ‘free’ trade as an enabling tool of empire, a shameful history which Britain has never truly confronted,

Why we need a global fightback against corporate courts


11 February 2019

With just weeks to go before Brexit day, we want to let the government know that corporate courts have no place in UK trade and investment policy.

Latest news

Global Justice Now has launched a legal challenge at the Information Rights Tribunal over the Department for International Trade’s failure to release details of numerous trade meetings it has held with the United States and other countries since the EU referendum in 2016.

Campaigners have this morning dropped a ‘Dump Trump’s trade deal’ banner from Tower Bridge in London in protest against a US-UK trade deal, as Donald Trump arrives in Britain for a three-day state visit.

Parliamentary processes on scrutiny of trade deals have today been branded as “anachronistic and inadequate” in a report released by the UK parliament’s Constitution Committee. The report on “Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties” is the sixth in a series of reports by parliamentary committees that have strongly criticised current parliamentary processes for agreeing trade deals.

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Tanzania v Biwater

May 2019

British water firm sues Tanzania for ending a failed water contract

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ISDS files - Chevron vs Ecuador

May 2019

US oil firm sued Ecuador after compensaton ordered for devastating Amazon oil spill.

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Five reasons modern trade deals are terrible for the climate

February 2019

Any lasting and just solution to climate change must lie in changing the economic and political structures that bind us to a high carbon model. Modern, mega trade deals will further entrench this model and make it all but impossible to reverse. This briefing outlines the reasons why we have to stop these trade deals if we are to successfully stop climate change.