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World in Progress: Arbitration courts - why citizens foot the bill for big investors

When foreign investors sue governments for losses due to policy changes in so-called arbitration courts, countries can end up paying billions. The system was set up to protect foreign investors - but critics say that it mainly helps companies dodge national laws, and has become a lucrative and highly intransparent business harming citizens even in poor countries that foot the bill.

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Report: Thomas Kruchem 

Presenter: Neil King 

Host/Producer: Anke Rasper