Additional Organizational Resources

  • ESCR-Net's dossier and bibliography on trade and human rights contains an extensive list of recent literature on trade issues.
  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy ( IATP ) and FoodFirst Information and Action Network ( FIAN ) have valuable resources on the right to food and trade, particularly related to agricultural negotiations and policies.
  • The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights ( EIPR ) undertakes extensive work on intellectual property rights in trade agreements and the affordability and availability of medicines.
  • Southeast Asian Council for Food Security and Fair Trade ( SEACON ) focuses on the right to food with emphasis on the impact of trade on small farmers' livelihoods and the right to an adequate standard of living, undertaking participatory research and advocacy in Southeast Asia.  Education and Research Association for Consumers ( ERA Consumer ), Malaysia, focuses on human rights, democracy, empowerment and capacity-building of grassroots communities with regards to trade and livelihoods, addressing both agricultural and consumer issues.
  • The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development ( ICTSD ) offers regular newsletters on international and regional negotiations in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
  • Focus on the Global South undertakes research and advocacy related to trade and investment, as well as publishing Focus on Trade. 
  • In relationship to investment, the Bank Information Center ( BIC ) focuses on the World Bank Group, IMF, and other multilateral development banks.  ECA-Watch monitors and challenges export credit agencies.  BankTrack tracks private finance and its impact on people and the environment.
  • The Association of Women In Development ( AWID ) is examining and reporting on the impacts trade liberalization and other aspects of economic globalization through their Women's Rights and Economic Change Program.
  • The Canadian Environmental Law Association ( CELA ) has a helpful collection of materials related to their work on the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services. 
  • The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance ( EAA ) has a valuable set of resources associated with their global trade campaign Trade for People - Not People for Trade. 
  • Finally, the International NGO Committee on Human Rights in Trade and Investment (INCHRITI) has laid the foundation for much of the work on human rights and trade.  This coalition united against the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, being negotiated in 1997; at that time, INCHRITI was composed of Habitat International Coalition-Housing and Land Rights Coalition ( HIC-HLRN ), People's Decade for Human Rights Education ( PDHRE ), The Lutheran World Federation ( LWF ). Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights ( CLADEM ), Food First Information and Action Network ( FIAN ), Youth for Unity of Voluntary Action (YUVA)-India, Center for Equality in Rights and Accommodation ( CERA )-Canada, and Mazingira Institute -Kenya.  During this struggle, INCHRITI issued a common policy statement: Investment, Trade and Finance: The Human Rights Framework .