International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

Influencing Trade and Investment Agreements


For too long trade and investment agreements have focused on the needs of corporations at the expense of people and the environment, leading to adverse human rights impacts and increased inequality. To ensure the realization of human rights, an alternate is regime is needed that places human rights at the core of trade and investment policies.

We advocate for trade and investment agreements that respect and protect human rights. This means integrating human rights into the development, negotiation, and implementation of trade and investment agreements, and removing the privilege and power that corporations have within the current regime.

We also advocate against special courts for corporations within trade and investment agreements. Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) allows individual companies to challenge a law, regulation, judicial or administrative ruling made by the government of a country in which they invest, that may have negatively impacted investor expectations. Our work explores the negative impacts of ISDS provisions on human rights, and advocates for the removal of such provisions in existing trade agreements and their exclusion in future agreements.