RCEP

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is currently under negotiation between ASEAN member states plus the six countries that have existing trade agreements with ASEAN. It encompasses Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

RCEP should in principle include investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions.

ISDS proposals have reportedly been tabled by Korea and Japan. They are likely to be similar to those in their own bilateral agreements and in the TPP text. Civil society groups have raised serious concerns over public health and other ‘safeguards’ proposed for ISDS in the TPP and argued that ISDS should be excluded in order to protect health, environment and other public interest regulations.

India and China are likely to table different proposals or concept papers based on their own experience. The Indian government is currently considering a revised draft bilateral investment treaty that reduces investor rights compared to other version of ISDS.

(November 2015)

The Diplomat | 17-Oct-2017
The RCEP has hidden costs for people’s lives
APWLD | 14-Oct-2017
RCEP will give multinational corporations unprecedented rights
People over Profit | 7-Sep-2017
Philippine civil society groups and social movements stand together to oppose RCEP
IBON | 16-Aug-2017
The more far-reaching implication of RCEP is for Philippines’s sovereignty in regulating foreign investments
People’s Forum against FTAs and RCEP | 28-Jul-2017
“Tell us at least now who gains from RCEP,” People’s Forum challenges the Indian government as the 19th round of RCEP negotiations comes to an end
Jakarta Post | 28-Jul-2017
Crucial to RCEP’s investment protection chapter is the highly controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism, a system of privatised justice characterised by international arbitration tribunals outside of the reach of domestic legal systems, explains Cecilia Olivet of TNI
Asian Tribune | 24-Jul-2017
Officials from ASEAN member states and other countries meeting in India this week for negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) should take steps to ensure that the trade deal safeguards human rights, Southeast Asian lawmakers said today.
APWLD | 13-Jul-2017
The ’No RCEP’ campaign urges governments to consider the adverse impact of the mega free trade agreement
NDTV India | 8-Jul-2017
What can India do at the level of trade and diplomacy to deal with RCEP
Madhyam | 3-Jul-2017
Governments at the Centre and in the States must urgently invest in building their own capacity to handle the new generation of international investment arbitration.

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