While in Europe we were busy campaigning about TTIP and its ISDS clauses, the Obama administration were trying the same trick on their other coast, then called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump pulled out, but the remaining countries completed the treaty, now renamed, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership with a modified a more limited ISDS and intellectual property clauses. The British Govt. have applied to join to the applause of Lord Hannan, an ex MEP and so I think we need to understand the ISDS & IPR clauses, and the direction of travel. If the US decide to rejoin, they will probably seek to ‘improve’ the ISDS and IPR chapters. We should note it has a Commission. Here as ever are my notes.

  1. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, by Nishimura & Asahi at Lexology, This piece will focus on the most relevant provisions of CPTPP’s investment chapter and explain why it can be qualified as a modern investment agreement.
  3. CPTPP’s Investment Chapter: Progressive or a mere reiteration?, a Bachelor’s dissertation essay by Toby Major, written for a degree issued by the U. of Wellington, in NZ.
  4. on the 2017 treaty, which I think is the first one signed.
  5. Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, Wikipedia
  6. , the first commission meeting, by the Australian Govt.
  7., this talks about the commission and the arbitration process, but it remains unclear if the Commission is a standing committee that meets infrequently or an ad-hoc committee to which the Parties send representatives as they see fit, less of a committee, more of a Conference

An article by Nick Dearden on CPTPP

Who will really benefit from Britain’s tilt towards trade with Asia?

Here’s a map of current members,

CPTPP 2020

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