Corporate courts (formally known as ISDS or Investor-State Dispute Settlement) are secretive tribunals written into trade deals that enable corporations to sue countries for billions. They are increasingly being used by fossil fuel companies to challenge climate action.
This event was part of a nationwide day of action by UK activists against corporate courts on 18 September 2021. Across the country people took to the streets to call on the UK government to drop ISDS from its trade policy; and to stand in solidarity with communities around the world fighting the environmentally and socially devastating extractive projects often at the heart of ISDS disputes.
Webinar speakers included:
Aldo Orellana López: member of TerraJusta and a Bolivian activist and journalist focused on environmental issues, extractivism and multinationals in Latin America – including on the use of ISDS to threaten the expansion of the Cerrejón mine, the biggest open-pit coal mine in Latin America
Maria Rita D’Orsogna: Italian mathematician, environmentalist and activist, central to the mobilization against the oil drilling project at the heart of the Rockhopper v Italy case, brought under the controversial Energy Charter Treaty
Nicolás M. Perrone: ISDS expert and author of “Investment Treaties and the Legal Imagination: How Foreign Investors Play By Their Own Rules”
Webinar organised by: Global Justice Now and War on Want