Tag: Professor Jane Kelsey

Germany says TTIP deal has failed

Radio New Zealand’s Patrick O’Meara has published an interview with Professor Jane Kelsey on the increasing uncertainty surrounding the future of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. Germany’s economic affairs minister, Sigmar Gabriel, has commented that the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks have failed. There has not been a single chapter agreed by the parties after 14 rounds of negotiations. Auckland Law Professor, Jane Kelsey, said that the failure of the TTIP should reinforce the view that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) should also not happen. “The acknowledgement that TTIP won’t happen will reinforce domestically the view that TPPA should not...

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Nno foreign investor rights to sue in new agreements

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey The Australian Labor Party has promised not to give foreign investors the right to sue the Australian government in any future free trade and investment agreements. That policy would include the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) …13 June 2016 For immediate release Australian Labor Party says no foreign investor rights to sue in new agreements, including RCEP The Australian Labor Party has promised not to give foreign investors the right to sue the Australian government in any future free trade and investment agreements. That policy would include the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) currently being negotiated in Auckland this week, says Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey. The promise forms part of the ALP’s policy platform in the current general election campaign. Latest polls have Labor slightly in the lead for the election on 2 July, which makes this a real possibility. ‘Presumably the Australian government is now in caretaker mode and can’t make commitments to the controversial investor-state-dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in RCEP’, Professor Kelsey said. According to Professor Kelsey, a leaked text of the RCEP investment chapter from last October showed Australia – and New Zealand – had yet to table a position on ISDS. India proposed quite radical moves to strengthen governments’ rights to regulate, while Japan and South Korea sought to transfer some of the worst parts of the...

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Secretive talks on China-led rival to TPPA at Sky City

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey The 13th round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the China-led rival to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), will be held at Sky City in Auckland in the coming week.12 June 2016 For immediate release Secretive talks on China-led rival to TPPA starts at Sky City The 13th round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the China-led rival to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), will be held at Sky City in Auckland in the coming week. ‘Talks on RCEP were launched back in 2012, but it has remained largely under the radar and over-shadowed by the government’s clear preference for the US-led TPPA’, says Auckland University Law Professor Jane Kelsey. ‘Now that deal is threatened by American domestic politics, attention has turned to RCEP as the fall-back option.’ Last month, US President Obama depicted the competition between TPPA and RCEP as a battle over whether America or China makes the rules for the Asia-Pacific region. ‘As the two goliath’s face off, the New Zealand government is trying to keep a foot in both camps. It ignores the fundamental question: why should the rules that decide our future be made by either of these superpowers?’, Professor Kelsey said. Like the TPPA, the details of these negotiations have been shrouded in secrecy. Recently, Trade Minister Todd McClay refused to name all the chapters...

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TPPA Ministers issue bland statement

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey Ministers from the 12 countries that negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) have just met in Arequipa, Peru.18 May 2016 TPPA Ministers issue bland statement, serious pressures behind the scenes Ministers from the 12 countries that negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) have just met in Arequipa, Peru. ‘The four paragraph ministerial declaration (so far only available in Spanish) is as bland and uninformative as their previous statements, reiterating how great they say the deal is and how eager other countries are to join’, according to University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey. ‘What they don’t tell us about their meeting is what really matters’, she said. ‘The fate of the TPPA is captive of US politics. President Obama will have stressed the need to provide assurances to gatekeepers in the US Congress who want stronger protections for new generation biologics medicines, oppose the protection of tobacco control measures from investors’ rights to sue, and to stop governments from requiring that financial data is held inside the country’. ‘This is make or break time for Obama, whose “legacy” deal is in jeopardy if he can’t get the TPPA through Congress during the “lame duck” period between administrations’, Kelsey said. ‘In reality, the timeline under the Fast Track law makes a vote during the lame duck period virtually impossible. Then the supposedly final text...

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