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The Translatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: A Roadmap for Success by Daniel J. Ikenson
Wed, 2014-07-23 21:16

Whether or not the TTIP produces an ambitious, comprehensive agreement will depend on numerous factors. Keeping negotiators focused on the task and governments continuously supportive of their efforts may be the most important requirement. Setting and achieving discrete goals with discrete deadlines—three smaller, successive agreements reached and implemented every two years by harvesting the lowest-hanging fruit first—offers a promising start.


Investor Treaties in Trouble by Martin Khor
Wed, 2014-07-23 21:31

Europe is getting cold feet over the investor-state dispute mechanism in the Trans-Atlantic trade agreement (TTIP) it is negotiating with the United States, similar to the mechanism in the TPPA.

There is no need for the EU-US free trade deal to include investor-state arbitration by Lauge Paulsen
Wed, 2014-07-23 21:39

The United States and the European Union are in the process of negotiating a free trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Lauge Poulsen writes on the potential inclusion of ‘investor-state arbitration’ provisions in the agreement, which would allow foreign investors to bring arbitration proceedings against a state if it believes the rights granted under TTIP have not been upheld.  He argues that contrary to the recommendations contained in a UK House of Lords report released this week, there is little justification for including investor-state arbitration in the agreement as it would merely allow investors to bypass European and American courts.

Far from being a threat to European democracy, the EU-US free trade deal is an ideal opportunity to reform controversial investment rules and procedures by Robert Basedow
Wed, 2014-07-23 21:50

The EU and the United States are currently in the process of negotiating a free trade area, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Robert Basedowwrites on criticism over the potential inclusion of ‘investor-state dispute settlement’ procedures in TTIP, which some commentators and academics have argued could undermine democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. He argues that rather than being seen as a threat to democracy, the TTIP negotiations should instead be seen as an opportunity for reform, and that maintaining the status quo could prove to be a greater threat to democracy and the rule of law in the long-term.

Free-Trade Pitfalls by Hans-Werner Sinn
Wed, 2014-07-23 22:01

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, currently the subject of intense negotiations between the EU and the US, is making big waves. In order to ensure that the TTIP benefits consumers on both sides of the Atlantic, those negotiating it must recognize and avoid some key traps.

Mega-Regional Trade Agreements: Boon or Bane for Developing Countries? by Kimberly Elliott
Wed, 2014-07-23 22:33

TTIP is years away at best. And, given the tough politics of trade in the US Congress, and pushback against US priorities in areas  such as intellectual property protection, a shallow TPP that breaks little new ground looks more likely than not.

The problem with TTIP by L. Alan Winters
Wed, 2014-07-23 22:44
Most economists cheer the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that the EU is currently negotiating with the US. This column argues it is a pity that it has emerged. It sees the exclusion of China in particular as an existential threat to the world trading system. It urges policymakers in the EU to focus instead on the world trading system or even consider an agreement with China.

Bargains Among Behemoths: TPP and TTIP Implications for Developing Countries (Northwestern University)
Wed, 2014-07-23 22:51

A working paper by Philip I. Levy (October 2013)

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