DiscussionResponse

“P” for Partnership or “R” for Regime?

A Pamphlet on TTIP and the Fragmentation of International Law

A response to Maximilian Oehl and Jelena Bäumler In their attentive and stimulating posts, Maximilian Oehl and Jelena Bäumler considered the condition of the WTO and the role of public debate for TTIP differently. My intention is to take a step back and to reflect on the “important questions relating to the framing of the debate” as Maximilian Oehl put it. Maximilian Oehl started his text spelling out the abbreviation …

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DiscussionResponse

TTIP and the WTO: Anatomy of a murder story and the future of the world trading system

A response to Maximilian Oehl In his thoughtful post, Maximilian Oehl placed TTIP into the wider context of the world trade system and discussed some of the critical questions surrounding the negotiations. While there is certainly no fault in the portrayal of events and facts presented, it may only be one view of the cathedral. Let me add a slightly different one.

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DiscussionKick-off

The regulatory dimension of TTIP and the global competition of economic systems

Reflections on the on-going dispute over Europe’s external trade policy

The proposed comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU and the US bearing the name ‘Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ (or TTIP), continues to inflame passions within significant sections of the European public. The self-organized European citizens’ initiative ‘Stop TTIP‘ with its over 3 million signatures stands paradigmatically for the wide-spread concerns among large parts of civil society. Nevertheless, political leaders are determined to follow through with the undertaking …

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Photo. 20. IDP marching in the streets of Bogotá and calling the state to fulfill its obligations towards displaced population according to National Law 387/​1997: “Displaced population is part of Colombia. Fulfill Law 387” (June, 2009). L. Eslava.
Labour Standards in a Globalised EconomySymposium

Transcending the ‘buddy vs bully’ debate in light of the TTIP negotiations

A debate on linking labour rights and trade.

The EU and US trade-labour linkage Although the debate on linking labour rights and trade has a long history, the topic has become more prominent than ever in the last couple of years. Concerns expressed about the trade-labour linkage in the case of Colombia and debates about the protection of labour rights in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are topical examples. While both the EU and the US …

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Labour Standards in a Globalised EconomySymposium

What’s in a name? Labour Rights between Human Rights and Sustainable Development

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy; … What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;’ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene 2 Labour standards have long been recognised as relevant to the terms of trade, given fears of unfair competition and even ‘social dumping’. However, labour standards rarely receive protection in trade instruments per se. They have …

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Labour Standards in a Globalised EconomySymposium

Symposium: Labour Standards in a Globalised Economy

From 19-23 October 2015, EU and US negotiators met in Florida for the 11th round of bilateral negotiations on the envisaged Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). What is often referred to as the largest free trade agreement in history is actually far more than that: The agenda encompasses not only ‘traditional’ trade barriers ‘at the border’, but also wide-ranging provisions on domestic regulation and regulatory cooperation as well as …

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SymposiumTrademocracy

Can international trade law promote democratic legitimacy?

The participatory dimension of WTO law In the Berlin workshop Freihandel versus Demokratie I would like to discuss an argument that to some extent seems to challenge the title of the meeting. My thesis is that international trade law, and WTO law in particular, can be also seen as an opportunity to promote international democratic legitimacy, rather than simply as a danger to domestic self-determination.

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Trademocracy

Die „Regulatory Cooperation” in TTIP

Demokratie einmal andersherum? Die Prämisse der Tagung „Freihandel versus Demokratie“ suggeriert recht provokativ einen Konflikt zwischen beiden Konzepten. Denknotwendig ist dies nicht per se, stellt das eine doch eine Wirtschaftsform und das andere eine Staatsform dar. Tatsächlich scheint der freie Handel zwischen demokratischen Staaten grundlegende gesellschaftliche Ziele wie Frieden und Wohlstand sogar zu befördern. Insbesondere verspricht der vorgesehene Abbau regulatorischer Handelshemmnisse laut einer Studie des Centre for Economic Policy Research …

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SymposiumTrademocracy

Der materielle Investorenschutz im CETA-Entwurf – Fortschritt, Rückschritt, Gefahr?

In letzter Zeit ist es in Mode gekommen, den völkerrechtlichen Investorenschutz als Mittel ausländischer Konzerne zur Unterwanderung unserer Demokratie zu begreifen. Die Zivilgesellschaft, und – von ihr angestachelt – Teile der Rechtswissenschaft fürchten sich vor amerikanischen und kanadischen Investoren, die ihre durch TTIP und CETA eingeräumten subjektiven „Völker-Rechte“ auf Entschädigungszahlung bei missliebigem staatlichem Verhalten zur Erpressung staatlicher Gesetzgebung gebrauchen könnten. Neu sind die mit Investitionsschutzabkommen einhergehenden demokratiepolitischen und verfassungsrechtlichen Probleme …

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SymposiumTrademocracy

Zulässigkeitsgrenzen von Investor-Staat-Schiedsvereinbarungen nach EU-Recht

In der Debatte um TTIP und andere derzeit von der Europäischen Union verhandelte Freihandelsabkommen wird am kontroversesten über das Thema Investor-Staat-Schiedsvereinbarungen (ISDS) gestritten. Auch unter den Mitgliedstaaten bestehen zu dieser Thematik unterschiedliche Vorstellungen. Die Neuordnung der gemeinsamen Handelspolitik durch den Vertrag von Lissabon hat außerdem dazu geführt, dass viele der in diesem Zusammenhang relevanten rechtlichen Fragestellungen derzeit noch ungelöst sind. Generelle Kritik an ISDS wird insbesondere bezüglich dessen mangelnder demokratischer …

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