Tag: Victoria University of Wellington

Expert panel to discuss next steps on TPPA

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington Expert panel to discuss next steps on TPPA Victoria University experts say it is critical people understand the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and will tomorrow (Tuesday 23 February 2016) host a public seminar to promote discussion. …Expert panel to discuss next steps on TPPA Victoria University experts say it is critical people understand the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and will tomorrow (Tuesday 23 February 2016) host a public seminar to promote discussion. Meredith Kolsky Lewis, Gordon Anderson, Carwyn Jones and Susy Frankel, from the Faculty of Law, will give commentary about the agreement at the seminar from 10am to 12 noon at the Faculty of Law on Lambton Quay, Wellington. There will be opportunity for the audience to comment and ask questions as well. “There is high public interest in the TPPA and informed discussion is important to ensure people understand what the agreement really means for New Zealand,” says Professor Frankel, Director of the New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law (NZCIEL). “We are expecting lively discussion tomorrow.” Meredith Kolsky Lewis will discuss the next steps in the ratification process in the United States and prospects for the agreement; Gordon Anderson will talk to the TPPA labour chapter; Carwyn Jones will address the implications of the TPPA for Māori and rights under the Treaty of Waitangi; and Susy Frankel will cover...

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Our diplomacy tested as Japan’s leader visits

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington Courtesy of the Beehives just-in-time media release, at least some New Zealanders now know that Japans Shinzo Abe is visiting the country on Monday. This is the first visit here by a Japanese leader for a dozen years. And it is bound to be a … MEDIA COMMENTARY 4 July 2014 Our diplomacy tested as Japan’s leader visits Opinion piece by Robert Ayson, Professor of Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington Courtesy of the Beehive’s just-in-time media release, at least some New Zealanders now know that Japan’s Shinzo Abe is visiting the country on Monday. This is the first visit here by a Japanese leader for a dozen years. And it is bound to be a major test for New Zealand’s diplomatic balancing act in Asia given Japan’s huge tensions with China, our leading trading partner. Mr Abe will also be visiting Australia which has become Japan’s second closest security partner after the United States. The Abbott government has been a strong supporter of Mr Abe’s efforts to relax constitutional restrictions on the role of Japan’s armed forces. Australia-Japan security relations are likely to be even closer after Abe’s visit, but it is likely that the Key government will want to emphasise other issues in the New Zealand-Japan relationship. This is not because New Zealand should stand against a stronger Japan in...

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