TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was concluded in October 2015 between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
Indonesia and Taiwan declared their intention to join in. The treaty has yet to be ratified.

The investment chapter has revealed the deal includes investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Civil society groups have blasted the mechanism, as it gives a foreign investor or company disproportionate powers vis-à-vis governments or domestic companies. Foreign investors would be able to bypass national justice courts and resort to a parallel system of justice specifically made for them.

Public health, the environment and other public-interest ‘safeguards’ would be undermined under the ISDS provisions in the TPP.

(November 2015)

BEUC | 3-Dec-2015
Although TPP seems a remote issue, it could have a direct impact on EU consumers.
Gateway House | 27-Nov-2015
For India, the U.S.-driven Trans Pacific Partnership will skew investment and intellectual property rights, and especially the debate over the Investor State Dispute System which allows companies to challenge soverign rights and public policy.
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies | 25-Nov-2015
The TPP investment chapter offers few truly novel features and is instead heavily influenced by prior American treaty practice.
CIEL | 19-Nov-2015
Like TPP, U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) formed in the past two decades have similarly promised meaningful and enforceable labor and environmental safeguards.
The National Law Review | 19-Nov-2015
The final text of the TPP’s Investment Chapter remains broadly consistent with other U.S. investment agreements and includes some important new language that is consistent with the U.S. Model BIT issued by the U.S. State Department
AFL-CIO | 16-Nov-2015
A coalition of U.S. and Mexican labor and civil society groups are taking an unprecedented legal approach to protect workers’ rights that will test the strength of labor protections in international trade agreements.
IA Reporter | 16-Nov-2015
In broad terms, the agreement’s investment chapter looks familiar – particularly in relation to other recent U.S. investment treaties and FTAs.
The Guardian | 11-Nov-2015
Leading arbitration lawyer says there are critical loopholes in the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s investment chapter that leave Australia wide open
Servindi | 9-Nov-2015
La democracia burguesa en la época neoliberal se transforma cada día más en abierta dictadura de las grandes empresas transnacionales, por encima de los estados y de los gobiernos.
Public Citizen | 6-Nov-2015
Long-awaited text reveals gaps between Administration claims and actual TPP terms on key public concerns

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