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Apart from trade and investment agreements, other kinds of bilateral deals signed between governments have important provisions on trade, economic, cultural, environmental and other policies at the national level. In other words, they complement FTAs and BITs in pushing governments towards new international standards "through the back door".
For example, industrialised countries have been pushing TRIPS-plus intellectual property regimes through discrete bilateral IPR agreements. Similar TRIPS-plus demands have, since some time now, also been seeping through scientific and technology cooperation agreements between rich and poor countries. And ironic as it may sound, hard core trade and investment provisions that go beyond multilateral rules come up in WTO accession agreements.
This section pulls together examples of such accords.
last update: May 2012
3-Mar-2006 White House Fact Sheet: US-India Strategic Partnership
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4-Aug-2015 http://www.cipamericas.org/archives/15532The San Quintín Valley, one of Mexico’s highest producing agricultural areas with a market aimed principally at export, is also one of the places with the most abusive, unsanitary and harmful working conditions for day laborers.
3-Aug-2015 Western TelegraphHealthcare protesters People’s NHS Wales lined several streets in Haverfordwest with placards in their latest bid to highlight concerns over what the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could mean for our health service.
3-Aug-2015 TPPA Auckland Call to Action GroupThe stalling of yesterday’s TPPA negotiations in Maui provide light relief for the citizens of New Zealand, but we cannot be complacent in thinking that our Government will not continue on signing our country up to a deal that may be detrimental for generations to come.
31-Jul-2015 MiningWatch CanadáOrganizaciones de la sociedad civil reciben con satisfacción el anuncio que Infinito Gold desistirá de su tortuosa intención de construir una mina en Costa Rica a pesar de la clara oposición del pueblo costarricense y los repetidos fallos en su contra.
31-Jul-2015 ZDNETNegotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement appear likely to undo New Zealand’s ban on software patents, showing "how disconnected the government and the negotiators are from the interests of New Zealanders."
31-Jul-2015 ScoopA legal challenge to the secrecy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations will be launched in the High Court of New Zealand next week.
30-Jul-2015 The Associated PressAbout 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations.
29-Jul-2015 Center for International Environmental LawA coalition of environmental and fair trade organizations are protesting the inclusion of language in the “Customs bill” in the US Congress that would explicitly prevent the United States Trade Representative from seeking to address climate change in trade agreements.
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