The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Negotiations between the EU and the USA

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Negotiations between the EU and the USA

Publication date:
11/2015
Author:
Sangeeta Khorana (ed.)
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Caught between Myth and Reality?

With the publication of this monograph, which is the product of an international seminar held on May 27th 2015, CIDOB aims to play its part in the debate. The experts’ contributions contained here explain the pros and cons of the agreement and should aid citizens, consumers, the interested public, businesspeople, unions and political decision-makers to take positions based on deeper knowledge of the agreement and the negotiations underway.

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ACRONYMS
 
FOREWORD, Jordi Bacaria, Director CIDOB

INTRODUCTION: WHY THE TTIP AND WHAT MATTERS ABOUT IT

Sangeeta Khorana, Professor of Economics, Bournemouth University

Why TTIP?
What matters in the ongoing negotiations
Conclusion
References

PART 1

Chapter 1. Assessing the potential economic impact of the TTIP

Lars Nilsson, Deputy Head of the Chief Economist and Trade Analysis Unit, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission & Nuno Sousa, Economist, DG Trade (Chief Economist Unit), European Commission

Background to the TTIP
Overview of economic impact assessment of trade liberalisation
      Features of CGE models
      Criticisms of the approach
      Incidence of NTBs and extent to which trade liberalisation
      can reduce these

Potential economic impact of the TTIP
      EU and US trade barriers
Conclusion
References

Chapter 2. The TTIP as the engine of growth: truths and myths

Álvaro Schweinfurth, Deputy Director, Foreign Policy and Multilateral Relations Department, CEOE

Overview
Main issues: dispelling the fears

Chapter 3. The TTIP or Europe?

Ricard Bellera, Secretary for International Affairs, Migration and Cooperation, Trade Union CCOO of Catalonia

Overview
      The main issues around the TTIP
      The negotiation process is “not transparent”
      The TTIP is “not necessary”
      The TTIP is “not advantageous”
      The TTIP is “not without harm”
      The TTIP “does not” reinforce the European Union
The TTIP’s global dimension
References

PART 2

Chapter 4. Investment Protection and Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the TTIP

Christian Tietje, Professor (tenure) for European Law and International Economic Law, Law School, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Overview
Systemic and historical background of ISDS
Central issues in the TTIP debate
The right to regulate
The establishment and functioning of arbitral tribunals
The relationship between domestic judicial systems and ISDS
Why ISDS with Canada and the USA?
Conclusion
References

Chapter 5. The public procurement chapter of the TTIP

Richard Craven, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria Law School

The potential for further market access
Overview
Background
      Introduction
      The EU regulatory system
      The US regulatory system
      The WTO’s Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA)
EU targets and concerns
      New and improved rules
      Expanded coverage
      The United Kingdom’s National Health Service
US targets and concerns
Concluding remarks
References

Chapter 6. Security and privacy implications of e-procurement in the TTIP

W. Gregory Voss, Professor of Business Law, Toulouse Business School (TBS)

Overview
The importance of security for trust, privacy and confidentiality
in e-procurement
The TTIP: An opportunity to initiate a cooperative procedure
to establish common rules?
Establishing an e-procurement road map for the future
Conclusion
References

Chapter 7. The EU’s approach to social standards and the TTIP

Lorand Bartels, University Senior Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Law; Fellow of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

Introduction
Human rights clauses in trade agreements
      Obligations
Sustainable development chapters
      Origins
      Obligations
      Monitoring
      Bilateral implementation
      Dispute settlement
Implications for the TTIP
Conclusion
References

Chapter 8. Economics of labour standards in free trade agreements: prospects for the TTIP 

Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso, Professor of Economics, University of Göttingen

Introduction
Main approaches to labour provisions in trade agreements
Labour conditions in member states
Prospects for the TTIP: A mixed approach?
Conclusion
References

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