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Proposal for the ‘Modernisation of Private Sector Instruments’

By CSOs | Background Paper | November 28, 2016

The background paper provides a critical analysis of the proposals made by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) secretariat of the OECD in the paper titled, “Implementation of the Principles of ODA Modernization on Private Sector Instruments,” which is yet to be made public. The DAC’s proposals would allow a wide variety of private sector…

The TPP is Dead. What Happens Next?

By Kavaljit Singh | Commentary | November 25, 2016

On Monday, the US President-elect Donald Trump announced that the US will pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact on his first day in office (January 20). In a video message outlining his policy plans for the first 100 days in the Oval Office, Trump stated: “I am going to issue a…

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Integrating Human Rights into International Investment Agreements

By CSOs | Joint Statement | November 14, 2016

We, the undersigned human rights, environmental and development organizations, urge all governments to place human rights at the core of international economic agreements, by integrating human rights protections into international investment and trade agreements and to ensure that these agreements do not impair governments’ abilities to respect, protect and fulfill their human rights obligations. …

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Remodeling India’s Investment Treaty Regime (III)

By Kavaljit Singh | Commentary | November 9, 2016

On the interpretation of the standard for fair and equitable treatment, India’s joint interpretative statement clarifies that the concept of FET “does not require treatment in addition to or beyond that what is required by the customary international law minimum standard of treatment of aliens, and does not create additional substantive rights.” The minimum…

Commodity Options: A Game Changer for Indian Farmers?

By Kavaljit Singh | Briefing Paper # 18 | November 2016

In a major push to widen the scope of commodity derivatives market in India, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has recently allowed options trading on commodity exchanges. This decision has been hailed by commodity exchanges as a game changer for Indian farmers. Tracing the experience of futures trading in the Indian commodity…