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.