:: Across the board ::

This section contains news and analysis of sweeping developments that affect the overall push and pull towards FTAs and bilateral investment treaties. This means major trends relating to bilateralism, often with global consequences, and other cross-cutting issues. New developments arising from US politics, the WTO or South-South alliance-building, for instance, are often reported here as they tend to have systemic impacts.

last update: May 2012


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  • 13-Nov-2015 The Hindu ‘FTAs weaken multilateral systems’
    Bilateral agreements were weakening the multilateral arrangements that looked after the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
  • 5-Nov-2015 The Guardian The gathering financial storm is just one effect of corporate power unbound
    What have governments learned from the financial crisis? I could write a column spelling it out. Or I could do the same job with one word: nothing.
  • 16-Oct-2015 IP Watchdog Trans Pacific Partnership IP chapter – trademarks, thoughts on geographical indications
    This article offers accompanying commentary together on the TPP’s trademark provisions together with thoughts on portions of the TPP text regarding Geographical Indications (GIs)
  • 16-Oct-2015 Ars Technica Fallout from EU-US Safe Harbour ruling will be dramatic and far-reaching
    Clever ruling by the Court of Justice will be almost impossible to circumvent. The "Safe Harbour" ruling is likely to affect trade agreements like TISA and TTIP in important ways.
  • 14-Oct-2015 Colombia y el Acuerdo Transpacífico
    El TPP puede generar una nueva ola de negociaciones globales, que surgirán –lastimosamente– al margen de Colombia, habida cuenta de la moratoria oficial autoimpuesta en el 2012 y del estricto interés gubernamental en la devaluada Alianza del Pacífico, convenida con México, Chile y Perú.
  • 8-Oct-2015 Ibon No to FTAs!
    TPP, like other Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), is fashioned by industrial countries and their transnational corporations to further intensify the concentration of resources, wealth, and power into their hands leaving developing countries.
  • 8-Oct-2015 TheWikiLeaksChannel The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system: TPP, TTIP, TISA
    Wikileaks - The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system
  • 7-Oct-2015 Le Monde Libre-échange : des effets difficiles à mesurer sur l’emploi
    Les conséquences des accords multilatéraux sur le commerce mondial et l’économie sont loin de faire consensus.
  • 2-Oct-2015 Sputnik Regional free trade deals may create ’legal mess’ within WTO framework
    New regional mega-agreements on free trade between the United States, Europe, Pacific Rim nations and some World Trade Organization (WTO) members will create numerous legal problems within the WTO framework.
  • 1-Oct-2015 Health and Trade Network Health and trade: What hope for SDG 3
    Emma Woodford from the Health and Trade Network examines SDG3 on health and well-being and questions if its targets are achievable given the damaging nature of legally binding trade agreements being simultaneously negotiated by SDG signatories.
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