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Recently Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates created a fund to help low and middle-income countries fight legal challenges from tobacco companies. Countries like Uruguay and Australia have faced lawsuits from tobacco companies after passing regulations on how tobacco products can be packaged.

GEG's Dr Taylor St John explained how companies use trade agreements and investment treaties to bring these cases on NPR's Marketplace on 19 March, 2015. You can read more, and listen to the piece here.

You can also read more about the history of trade agreements between states in GEG's Working Paper 'Institutional Entrepreneurship and the Forgotten Origins of Investment Treaty Arbitration,' and about investor-state dispute settlements in a recent GEG Policy Brief.