TPP

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)

Biodiversidad en América latina | 14-Sep-2015
Los presidentes de Chile, México y Perú recibieron una carta pública por las negociaciones secretas en torno al Tratado de Asociación Transpacífica (TPP) y sus implicancias para el futuro de los consumidores.
Green Agenda | 11-Sep-2015
There has been an explosive increase of cases of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Modern investor-state disputes often revolve around public policy measures and implicate sensitive issues such as health and environmental protection
FT Alphaville | 26-Aug-2015
Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, discusses TPP.
Medium | 26-Aug-2015
A number of chapters of the TPP will affect the creative artists, cultural industries and internet freedom — including intellectual property, investment, and electronic commerce.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle | 23-Aug-2015
TPP would stand above U.S. laws. That means a corporation could sue New York state if we pass a law they do not like.
The Online Citizen | 20-Aug-2015
What TPP means for Singapore, politics and you.
Financial Review | 29-Jul-2015
Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb says he won’t sign off on investor-state dispute settlement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership "until we’re satisfied that there’s a carve out for public policy on health and the environment,"
Just Means | 15-Jul-2015
The American Sustainable Business Council explains that the point of greatest concern in TPP, TTIP and especially the TiSA agreement is the proposal to allow corporations to sue governments in an international tribunal.
Foreign Policy | 8-Jul-2015
Oone issue that has received comparatively little attention is how the Trans-Pacific Partnership is likely to impact the developing countries slated to join.
The Dominion Post | 6-Jul-2015
New Zealand needs to be ready to walk away from the Trans Pacific Partnership, says The Domion Post, worried about the impact of its drug patenting rules and investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.

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