Negotiations about trade agreements such as CETA between the EU and Canada or TTIP between the EU and the US have caused public outrage especially because of their investment chapters: through an investor-state-dispute-settlement system (ISDS) multinational companies preserve a right to sue governments for losses of investments. While companies push for binding regulations on investment protection, they at the same time lobby against binding rules to respect environmental standards, human rights etc. How can investors be held responsible for damages that an investment might cause in the host country? How can public interest be protected against business interests?
Susan Mathews , Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Switzerland
Jay Jay Clement Denis, Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation, Malaysia
Rene Urueña, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Alexander Geiger, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Germany