Journal article

The Trans-Pacific Partnership

T VOON, E Sheargold

British Journal of American Legal Studies | De Gruyter | Published : 2016


This article provides an overview of the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), a treaty the parties have described as comprehensive and ambitious, yet also representing a balance of competing interests. The article focuses on the TPP’s chapters relating to investment, services, intellectual property and regulatory coherence, each of which provides insight into the motivations that drove the conclusion of the TPP and the negotiating dynamics that determined its final content. In areas such as investment, the TPP takes a more balanced approach than many earlier agreements, providing greater safeguards for the regulatory autonomy of states while still embodying core prot..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the generous financial support provided for this independent research by the Australian Research Council pursuant to the Linkage Project scheme (project number LP120200028, in collaboration with Cancer Council Victoria) and the Discovery Project scheme (project number DP130100838). The opinions expressed here are our personal views as academics and are not necessarily shared by any employer or other entity. Any errors or omissions are ours. This article was written in March-April 2016 and edited in June-July 2016.