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German Judges offer a damning opinion on the European Commission’s proposed Investment Court System (ICS),

26 February 2016

German Magistrates Association

We are grateful to John Hendy QC who has brought to our attention this highly significant public statement by the German Judges on TTIP (and CETA). The statement offers a forthright opinion on proposals from the European Commission (16.09.2015 and 11.12.2015) regarding the establishment of an investment tribunal in TTIP.

TTIP, ISDS and INTA; the elephant in the room

5 June 2015

By Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC


The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the secret trade deal currently being negotiated between the EU and the USA. Its text is a closely guarded secret shared only by the negotiators (including representatives of multinational corporations). Drafts are withheld from both MEPs and members of all the European national Parliaments (as well as US congress and senate members).

CLASS: working for the labour movement

03 October 2012

By Rachel Yates & Carolyn Jones

As the Labour Party determines its policy going into the next general election and conference delegates ponder the meaning of "predistribution" and the likelihood of “responsible capitalism”, there is an overwhelming sense that another world is possible.

AUDIO: The Legality of a General Strike and the Coalition Timeline

20 September 2012

Listen to John Hendy QC speak about the legality of a general strike and IER's Communications Assistant Sarah Glenister explain our newest resource the Coalition Timeline

VIDEO: John Hendy on how a TUC general strike could be legal

19 September 2012

IER Chair John Hendy QC spoke to Union News at TUC Congress 2012 last week about how a general strike could be legal, should the TUC decide to go ahead with a day of action.

TUC Congress 2012 - The IER and a future that works

New interactive Coalition timeline

The IER has launched a brand new interactive timeline on the Coalition's ideological attack on workers' rights and trade unions.

We believe our Coalition timeline is the first free resource of its kind. Use your mouse – or finger on a touchscreen – to move through the last two years of news and debate, following the erosion of workers’ rights by the government since May 2010.

Click here to browse our interactive timeline

Days of Action

Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC will be launching their publication Days of Action: The legality of protest strikes against government cuts, at the Sunday Night Special.

To order a copy of the book, click here






Federation Viewpoint

Our Sunday Night Special also features the launch of our brand new journal Federation Viewpoint, which we produce in conjunction with the GFTU.

How has an unelected Coalition swindled workers into accepting the pains of austerity, while big business continues to gain? And what alternatives are there to the cuts?

Find out in the first edition of Federation Viewpoint

Fighting austerity

Sunday 9th September

Workers and trade unions are eager to fight the dissolution of their rights as outlined by our timeline.

Legal experts from the IER will be joined by UNITE General Secretary Len McCluskey at a special fringe meeting at this year’s TUC Congress. Do not miss out on the Sunday Night Special:


Professor Keith Ewing
President of the IER and Professor of Public Law at King’s College, London

John Hendy, QC
Chair of the IER

Len McCluskey
General Secretary of UNITE


The Old Ship Hotel King’s Road Brighton BN1 1NR

RSVP for fish and chip supper

If you would like to book a fish and chip supper for when you attend the free meeting, please email


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