The Coal Fired Power Plant Quagmire

  Leiden, a.d. XVI Kal. Feb. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., A few weeks ago the Dutch lower house (Tweede Kamer) decided to start phasing out coal fired power plants (CFPPs). Three energy companies, who recently built three CFPPs immediately threatened to sue the Dutch government for €6billion. This provides a good example of an issue I discussed in an... Continue Reading →

TTIP, Property Rights and Investor State Dispute Settlement (Part 2)

Leiden, a.d. V Kal. Nov. MMDCCLXVIII A.U.C., As I discussed earlier, Investors State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms allow companies to sue governments, and are included in trade and investment treaties with the aim to protect property rights. This is a very legitimate goal, as property rights are very important for economic growth. However, this does... Continue Reading →

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