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The legal challenge to the FIPA, part one

From: Sold Down the Yangtze


The public opposition to the China FIPA included thousands

of people who took steps to support an effort by the

Hupacasath First Nation, an aboriginal community on Vancouver

Island in British Columbia, to bring a legal challenge

against the FIPA. Basically, the First Nation argued that the

FIPA should not be ratified because of the deal’s impact

on their aboriginal rights under Canada’s constitution.



Gus Van Harten

As an expert in investment deals and international law, GUS VAN HARTEN is uniquely qualified to explain what the Canada-China agreement means for Canada. He is currently a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, working previously as a tenured faculty member in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. He has written over twenty academic studies on investment treaties, and has provided commentary to governments, international organizations, and media such as Bloomberg, the CBC, The Globe and Mail, the Guardian, and the Toronto Star. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.