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Challenging the FTAA, NAFTA & the WTO:
A Community Research Toolkit

September 2003

Tracking Trade Legislation & Disputes

Tracking trade legislation allows you to see where your elected officials stand on trade issues. You can also track trade disputes within NAFTA. NAFTA set up a system (Chapter 11) that allows investors to sue other NAFTA countries that companies feels are blocking their "rights" within the agreement. The disputes are heard by a special tribunal which decides whether the government must compensate the investor for losses incurred. Unlike the WTO, which allows only governments to bring disputes against other governments, NAFTA extends these privileges to investors. It is highly likely the FTAA will build upon this NAFTA precedent.

How did your rep vote on key trade issues in Congress?

Public Citizen
http://www.citizen.org/congress/voting/
Public Citizen monitors a number of different types of legislation, including trade issues. Click the Congressional session then enter your zip code to see how your representative voted.

NAFTA Disputes

http://naftalaw.org
A complete list of all the legal documents which have been made publicly available in any NAFTA dispute involving Mexico, Canada or the U.S.

WTO Disputes
World Trade Organization Dispute Gateway Site

http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dispu_e/dispu_e.htm
Provides information on WTO disputes chronologically and by subject

How did your Senator Vote on Fast Track?

Teamsters
http://www.teamster.org/governmt/tradeissues/fasttrack/senator.pdf

A project of the DataCenter's Economic Justice Program.

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CONTENTS

Introduction
What Is the FTAA, NAFTA & WTO?
State & National Economic Picture
Trade Legislation & Disputes
NAFTA Job Losses In Your Community
Environmental Injustice & Health Impacts
Privatization of Public Services
Region-Specific Industry Information
Militarism & Migration
Privatization of Education
Popular Education Tools
Calendar of Actions
Community Networks & Other Resources

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