Commentary

This page compiles a wide range of analysis that has been provided by a number of academics, interest groups and institutes. They have been split into a number of different sections, although some articles appear in more than one section. For example, many articles concern the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism and its consequences for other issues.

Each contribution is presented in the following way:

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Below are analyses which cover more than two issues, or do not fit within the sections chosen.

Initial Analysis of Key TPP Chapters

Public Citizen (20 November 2015).
2 – 3 – 7 – 9 – 11 – 15 – 17 – 18 – 20 – 23 – 27 – 29 – 30

Accession; Environment; Exceptions; Financial Services; Patents; Pharmaceuticals; Medicines Copyright; Investment; Labour; Market Access; Procurement; Rules of Origin; SPS; SOE; Biotechnology; Tobacco.

Harsh criticism – Canadian business leader against TPP trade deal

Marc Montgomery, RCI (9 November 2015).
Canada – Privacy – Intellectual Property – Food – Sovereignty – Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

[Extract] [Jim Balsillie] says the TPP imposes U.S. intellectual property standards on Canada and the others, and would cost Canadian companies which would have to pay for someone else’s ideas rather than develop their own.  He says it also could prevent Canadian companies from growing as it appears to limit how much money they can make from their own products and services.”

How the TPP Will Affect You and Your Digital Rights

Maria Sutton, EFF (8 December 2015).
18 – Digital Rights Management (DRM) – Copyright – Enforcement – Innovation – Public Domain – Privacy – Disability

[Extract] Almost all of these threats already exist in the United States and in many cases have already impacted users there, because the TPP reflects the worst aspects of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The TPP threatens to lock down those policies so these harmful consequences will be more difficult to remedy in future copyright reform efforts in the U.S. and the other eleven TPP countries. The impacts could also be more severe in those other countries because most of them lack the protections of U.S. law such as the First Amendment and the doctrine of fair use…

TPP – the Cooperation and Capacity Building Chapter

Arnie, IMIPONO Projects (6 November 2015).
[Extract] The TPP is not a partnership. There is no “cooperation,” and the kind of activities that is meant by economic cooperation and capacity building is nothing more than using the kind of “resources and technical information” that partner countries have or can provide to bully forward the kind of neoliberal global corporate governance that much of the world is trying to move away from.”
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