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TPP strengthens controversial IP arbitration
While the agreement was being negotiated, the US Trade Representative stated that a much-criticized arbitration process included in the TPP would not apply to intellectual property. Turns out, it does apply to IP.
Latin American Parliament supports Ecuador against US oil company
The resolution calls for an international forum on the implementation of measures to better protect the rights of sovereign countries from exploitative multinationals.
South Korea ratifies free trade agreement with China
The South Korean parliament, during a plenary session, ratified the country’s free trade agreement (FTA) with China.
The secretive trade agreements that could scupper climate change ​action​
Global trade deals like TTIP and TPP will lead to an increase in greenhouse gases and negate any agreement on climate change
Japan to help Thailand join TPP trade bloc, Somkid says
At a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr Somkid said Japan had pledged to support Thailand joining the much-touted Trans-Pacific Partnership.
India’s membership of APEC will be win-win for both
India’s inclusion in APEC is hoped to further integrate the Indian economy into the Asia-Pacific economic milieu as well as boost its ‘Act East Policy’.
Another TPP loser? Canadian trades workers
Trade where we don’t really get anything in return isn’t really ’trade’ at all.
Trade deals could lock in fossil fuel exports to Europe
The Natural Resources Defense Council has projected that Europe could be receiving 700,000 barrels of tar sands bitumen a day by 2020.
State-enterprises under threat if Indonesia joins TPP: Experts
"Our state-owned enterprises will be in under serious threat because until now they are under protective policies such as government tender"
Expect influx of foreign workers, professionals under TPP, experts say
An influx of skilled foreign workers is expected under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but the agreement also makes it easier for Canadians to work abroad. Whether the gains and losses will balance themselves out in Canada is up for debate among experts.
TPP & ISDS: new tests for India
For India, the U.S.-driven Trans Pacific Partnership will skew investment and intellectual property rights, and especially the debate over the Investor State Dispute System which allows companies to challenge soverign rights and public policy.
Parties lock horns over Korea-China FTA
Rival parties clashed over the delayed ratification of a free trade agreement signed between South Korea and China
Negotiator says EU would remove auto tariffs if Japan opens farm market
The European Union will abolish its tariffs on automobiles only if Japan liberalizes its agricultural sector under a free trade agreement currently being negotiated, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom
Thailand ’highly likely’ to decide to join TPP: deputy prime minister
Thailand is "highly likely" to decide to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal (TPP), Thai deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said.
India adopts arbitration law reforms
In a significant development for Indian arbitration law, the President of India has formally adopted the Arbitration and Conciliation Ordinance 2015, which will bring about major and long-awaited reforms to arbitration in India.
TTIP’s regulatory cooperation and the politics of ‘learning’
The focus on the ISDS has diverted attention from another institutional development, namely, the equally important and equally dangerous ‘Regulatory Cooperation’.
Death on a plate: TTIP, meat inspections and your food
’Death on a plate: TTIP, meat inspections and your food’ features the testimony of a mother whose daughter died from eating contaminated meat and comments by a government meat inspector and others in the food industry.
TTIP talks: EU alleged to have given ExxonMobil access to confidential papers
Documents and emails obtained by the Guardian reveal ‘collusion’ between Brussels and industry over the fossil fuel push in free trade negotiations.
ICSID tribunal renders interim decision on Ecuador’s environmental counterclaim in long-running dispute
Perenco Ecuador Limited (Perenco)—a French-owned oil and gas company—and the Republic of Ecuador have been involved in arbitration since 2008 under the France–Ecuador bilateral investment treaty (BIT).
Thai government lifts total ban on arbitration clauses in state contracts
A recent Thai Cabinet resolution relaxes the restriction on arbitration clauses in some public contracts.