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Unpacking the Energy Charter Treaty: The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Secret Weapon
Online course: Five 1.5 hour live sessions [15 April, 22 April, 29 April, 6 May, 13 May from 12.30 to 14.00 CET]
The Energy Charter Treaty is an obscure international treaty giving corporations the power to sue governments for billions for climate action, including policies to phase out coal, ban oil drilling, or reverse failed energy privatisations. The ECT poses a fundamental threat to our democracies, people, and the planet. Companies have already cashed in over $51 billion in taxpayers’ money, and they’re after $35 billion more. The good news? A movement is growing to stop this dangerous treaty.
Join an online course for activists, trade unionists, policy-makers and journalists to get up to speed with all key relevant aspects of the debates around the ECT in just 5 weeks, through a highly interactive methodology.
- Five 1.5 hour live sessions every week [15 April, 22 April, 29 April, 6 May, 13 May from 12.30 to 14.00 CET] featuring international experts.
- Each session will include interactive methodologies such as quizzes, role-playing, exercises, break-out groups and time for discussions.
- Key background material selected by experts.
- Discussion and quiz questions to help participants reflect on how discussions apply to their own context.
What will I learn?
- How can the ECT impede urgent climate action?
- How investors have used the ECT over the last 20 years?
- The biggests myths used to promote the ECT and how to counter them,
- The state of play on the expansion of the ECT to the Global South and which countries are at risk,
- The rising backlash against the ECT and the modernisation process,
- What’s best: fixing, leaving or killing the ECT?
The estimated workload is 2-3 hours per week if you also read the key reading for each unit and engage in offline discussion (which is optional).
The course will be facilitated by:
Pia Eberhardt, researcher, Corporate Europe Observatory.
Fabian Flues, researcher, PowerShift.
Cecilia Olivet and Lucia Bárcena, researchers, Transnational Institute
With inputs by:
Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, senior international lawyer and head of the Economic Law & Policy programme of the International Institute on Sustainable Development (IISD).
Kyla Tienhaara, Research Chair in Economy and Environment and Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies and Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University.
Martin Dietrich Brauch, senior legal and economics researcher, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.
Faith Lumonya, researcher on investment protection issues, Uganda