The co-editors of the Transnational Dispute Management Journal invite articles exploring the legal aspect of the controversy surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership by contributing to this special edition with unpublished or previously published articles, conference papers, research papers and case studies addressing the TPP and corresponding issues raised by any of its chapters. The editors propose the following topics:
- The convergence or divergence of international trade and/or investment law trends in the TPP.
- The balance struck within a TPP chapter between measures designed to facilitate international trade and/or investment and a host state’s sovereign right to regulate as a means of achieving legitimate policy objectives, including the protection of human rights, health, the environment, public morals, cultural institutions, the financial sector or intellectual property.
- Intended and unintended legal consequences of the TPP’s “rules of origin” provisions on local labour markets.
- The facilitation or impairment of market access for trade in services under the TPP.
- The treatment of technical barriers to trade, such as labeling and manufacturing standards, or food safety measures under the TPP versus WTO agreements and other mega-regional trade treaties.
- Supply chain risks and opportunities created by the TPP for multi-national organizations and/or member states and state-owned enterprises.
- The impact of the TPP on transformative/disruptive technologies or business models and related domestic law.
- Reconciling member states’ rights and obligations under the TPP with their other international trade and/or investment law treaty obligations.
- Changes made to various aspects of the investment chapter, including the definition of investment and investor and the scope and application of non-discrimination provisions.
- Procedural and remedial advantages and disadvantages of the TPP’s dispute resolution provisions as compared to other international trade and/or investment law treaties.
Proposal deadline: September 31, 2016