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Welcome to the Navigator to Modern Direct Democracy – a unique global information platform on modern participative democracy hosted and facilitated by Research Center of Citizen Participation/Institute for Democracy And Participation Research of the University of Wuppertal in cooperation with Democracy International, the IRI Europe, supported by swissinfo and people2power.

This website is a project “under development“ and aims to eventually feature all available procedures (legal designs), practices (case studies) and events of modern direct democracy in all jurisdictions (local, regional, national, transnational) across the world. In order to facilitate collaboration, we believe that a standardized approach is necessary and we will therefore make reference to a common typology (instruments) of popular vote procedures on substantive issues.

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The case `Philip Morris against Uruguay'

Bilateral Investment Treaties recently face strong political reaction from citizens against the investor state dispute settlement provisions. Especially the planed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the US (TTIP) and the agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA) caused citizen protests.

Rafael Piñeiro, Professor for Political Science at the Catholic University of Uruguay in Montevideo, discusses the case `Philip Morris against Uruguay', which is currently disputed at the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment.

You will find the English version here, the Spanish version here

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