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Negotiations

Intellectual property issues viewed as last TPP hurdle

26-May-2015Japan Times Trade negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in Guam are now focusing on intellectual property issues, which appear likely to be the last hurdle to concluding the talks.


Key issues

Korean government criticized for lack of transparency on ISDS suit

25-May-2015 Korea HeraldWhile the South Korean government is facing its second international arbitration under the investor-state dispute settlement system, civic groups are demanding that the details should be made public as they could cost several billion dollars of taxpayers’ money.

  • 18-May-2015 TV Campesina
    Fian: Sobre los Tratados de Libre Comercio
    Sofía Monsalve de Fian Internacional en entrevista habla sobre las amenazas más graves que enfrenta la alimentación y nutrición, en el marco de los Tratados de Libre Comercio, y que tiene que ver con el control que ejercen las Transnacionales sobre nuestros sistemas alimentarios, que además esta relacionado con el acaparamiento de tierras y aguas vinculados con fondos financieros, grandes empresas de agrotóxicos y del control de comercio.
  • 18-May-2015 TV Campesina
    Fian: Sobre los Tratados de Libre Comercio
    Sofía Monsalve de Fian Internacional en entrevista habla sobre las amenazas más graves que enfrenta la alimentación y nutrición, en el marco de los Tratados de Libre Comercio, y que tiene que ver con el control que ejercen las Transnacionales sobre nuestros sistemas alimentarios, que además esta relacionado con el acaparamiento de tierras y aguas vinculados con fondos financieros, grandes empresas de agrotóxicos y del control de comercio.
  • 18-May-2015 Jakarta Post
    Renegotiating the bite of our BITs
    Apart from its network of BITs, Indonesia is also a party to a number of multilateral and regional investment agreements such as the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement which also contain an ISDS clause, including recourse to ICSID arbitration.
  • 18-May-2015 Jakarta Post
    Renegotiating the bite of our BITs
    Apart from its network of BITs, Indonesia is also a party to a number of multilateral and regional investment agreements such as the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement which also contain an ISDS clause, including recourse to ICSID arbitration.
  • 15-May-2015
    Singapore breaks new ground as arbitration hub
    The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes hears its first case outside of US, France
  • 15-May-2015
    Singapore breaks new ground as arbitration hub
    The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes hears its first case outside of US, France
  • 15-May-2015
    First hearing opens over Lone Star asset sell-offs in Korea
    An international tribunal began hearing a multi-billion dollar case Friday that the US private equity firm Lone Star filed against South Korea’s government over tax and other disputes surrounding its asset sell-offs in Korea.
  • 15-May-2015
    First hearing opens over Lone Star asset sell-offs in Korea
    An international tribunal began hearing a multi-billion dollar case Friday that the US private equity firm Lone Star filed against South Korea’s government over tax and other disputes surrounding its asset sell-offs in Korea.
  • 14-May-2015 EurActiv
    UN blasts EU for backing global deal for ISDS, but not for country bailouts
    Richard Kozul-Wright, director at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), said support for investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) but not for state-investor was “incongruous”.
  • 14-May-2015 EurActiv
    UN blasts EU for backing global deal for ISDS, but not for country bailouts
    Richard Kozul-Wright, director at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), said support for investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) but not for state-investor was “incongruous”.
  • 14-May-2015 Yonhap
    Hearing to begin this week in multi-billion-dollar battle between S. Korea, Lone Star
    An international tribunal will begin hearing a multi-billion dollar case this week that the US private equity firm Lone Star filed against South Korea’s government over tax and other disputes surrounding its asset sell-offs in Korea.
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  • 14-May-2015 Yonhap
    Hearing to begin this week in multi-billion-dollar battle between S. Korea, Lone Star
    An international tribunal will begin hearing a multi-billion dollar case this week that the US private equity firm Lone Star filed against South Korea’s government over tax and other disputes surrounding its asset sell-offs in Korea.
    more

Texts of agreements

27-Apr-2015  | PACER-plus Trade in Services text (draft of April 2015) This is the leaked Draft Trade in Services text from the PACER Plus Intersessional meeting in Port Vila, 31 March - 02 April 2015.
26-Mar-2015  | TPP - draft investment chapter (2015) Text of 20 Jan 2015 as released by WikiLeaks
24-Mar-2015  | India draft model BIT (2015) Open for comment until 10 April 2015.
10-Mar-2015  | TiSA: EU negotiating mandate (2013) As published by the European Council on 10 March 2015

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