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The dispute resolution system should also permit companies and NGOs to sue states who willfully violate good governance or the human rights of their citizens in order to obtain a competitive advantage. Potential infringements include:

*Restrictions on the right to organize and bargain collectively.
*Restrictions on the right to strike.
*Disproportionate restrictions on the right to blockade.
*Arbitrary restrictions on access to health care (such as restricting access based on medically irrelevant criteria like race, creed, or ability to pay for the treatment).
*Willful and wanton destruction of environmental commons.
*Enabling of tax fraud and shadow finance.
*Willful disregard for proven or materially suspected harmful impacts of consumer products.

Establishing this symmetry between the right of investors to sue over re-regulation and the right to civil society (and investors in other countries who are negatively impacted by regulatory dumping) sue over deregulation will go a long way towards restoring the neutrality of this treaty on the question of overall levels of regulation.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Jul 4th, 2014 at 01:55:25 AM EST

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