Filling the gap: with or without TPP, issues of Asian trade, investment, politics and security remain

Cross-Border Investment; International Trade

The Trans-Pacific Partnership merits renewed scrutiny considering its unique scope of cross-border disciplines and new issues raised by the U.S. withdrawal. Many hailed the agreement for its groundbreaking advances in trade liberalization and for being more than just a traditional free trade agreement. Meanwhile fierce objections to the agreement were numerous and might have caused its demise. Can the TPP survive without the United States? Does the U.S. departure mean China will become the dominant focus of Asian trade? Are its widely diverse provisions even desirable, ranging from traditional market access for goods to new opening of services, e-commerce, labor commitments and the much-debated investor-state dispute settlement mechanism? Will the TPP’s fate either way significantly affect stability in Asia? Through this plenary former government officials and counsel from jurisdictions shaping the TPP, and possibly its aftermath, will examine these issues, your questions and more.

Moderators

  • Fernando Hurtado de Mendoza, Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano
  • Corey Norton, Trade Pacific Law

Speaker

  • Ira A Eddymurthy, SSEK Indonesia Legal Consultants
  • Tracey Epps, Chapman Tripp
  • Paul Key Q.C., Essex Court Chambers
  • Naoki Kondo, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
  • Henry Shi, Jun He

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