The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP or TPP for short) is a trade and investment agreement that was signed on 7 March 2018 between 11 Pacific Rim countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The pact went into force on 30 December 2018 among the members who have ratified it. The US withdrew from it in January 2017.

The investment chapter includes investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions. 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 can resort to a parallel system of justice specifically made for them to challenge public health, the environment and other public-interest ‘safeguards’, and bypass national justice courts.

(March 2020)

Malaysiakini | 7-Aug-2020
It is now abundantly clear that the CPTPP has not only proved irrelevant in the face trade protectionism but would actually strengthen IPRs, raising the costs of Covid-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.
Scoop | 29-Jun-2020
The Transpacific Partnership Agreement involves investor - state dispute settlement clauses, which large companies may use ISDS to sue governments for actions they took to stop the spread of the virus.
Chile Mejor sin TLC | 19-Jun-2020
Quieren transformarse en víctimas y denunciar al Estado de Chile para no asumir los costos y que se les compense por supuestas pérdidas económicas, esto es posible por los TLCs y acuerdos de protección de inversiones que Chile ha suscrito
Lexology | 5-May-2020
In recent years, observers have questioned whether investor–state arbitration will or should be a feature of the next generation of free trade and bilateral investment treaties.
The Conversation | 23-Apr-2020
Global companies are positioning themselves to use little-known rules in trade agreements to claim millions of dollars in compensation for restrictions imposed during the pandemic.
Chile Mejor sin TLC | 3-Dec-2019
Hasta julio de 2019, Chile ha suscrito 29 acuerdos comerciales y tratados de libre comercio con 65 países y áreas económicas. La mitad han sido acordados y han entrado en vigor solo en los últimos diez años. Todos han sido establecidos durante los últimos treinta años, es decir, bajo gobiernos democráticos.
El Mostrador | 4-Nov-2019
Con un TPP-11 en ejercicio, incluso medidas como la que ahora propone el Presidente –congelar las tarifas de electricidad–, tendrían un costo altísimo para el Gobierno, pues cualquier corporación afectada podría recurrir a los tribunales de fantasía del TPP para pedir compensación.
Sydney Criminal Lawyers | 30-Oct-2019
Interview with AFTINET convenor Dr Patricia Ranald about how the ISDS regime developed, the reasons why these mechanisms are so detrimental, and the impact the TPP-11 agreement could have on Australia.
Journal de l’Economie | 18-Sep-2019
On assiste à l’émergence d’une nouvelle puissance émettrice du droit, dotée de pouvoirs juridictionnels, et à l’origine d’une jurisprudence.
El Desconcierto | 17-Jul-2019
La firma de este tratado de libre comercio obstaculizaría las acciones que apunten a cualquier transformación estructural.

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