Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Paradigm Shift In International Trade Regulation?

May 16-17, 2016


Professor Julien Chaisse, the Asia WTO Research Network (AWRN) and the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (CFRED) at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law are organising a two-day conference on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. Top experts such as Chang-fa Lo, Sufian Jusoh, Jane Drake-Brockman, Henry Gao, Colin B. Picker, Mitsuo Matsushita, Chin Leng Lim, Andrew D. Mitchell, Mark Feldman, Deborah K. Elms and many others are going to explore the new paradigm, to identify issues of concerns and their possible solutions, to contribute to the future operation of the TPP, and to identify experiences and lessons useful to other mega-FTA.

The conference programme will cover many topics and some of the main issues that will be discussed are:

  • The TPP in Context: Trade and Investment Trends in Asia-Pacific
  • Trade Dispute Settlement
  • Does the TPP provide new and meaningful market access for goods and services?
  • The Investment Chapter – A defining international agreement for the APAC region?
  • Regulatory challenges: SOEs, competition policy and government procurement
  • Unlocking the promise of E-commerce
  • Some core values of TPP – Labor’s rights, Environment and Anti-corruption
  • Interactions with other FTAs
  • Membership Issues

To attend the Conference you can fill in the registration form!


ASIA FDI Forum 2015

Asia’s role as a destination and as a source of FDI has dramatically increased in the recent years. China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea and other countries in the region have become important global players in the negotiation and use of trade and investment agreements in order to shape economic policies that enhance economic growth in sustainable and inclusive manner and balance regulatory powers and investment protections.

On the 5 and 6 November 2015, at the Graduate Law Centre of Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Columbia Centre on Sustainable Development, Oxfam Hong Kong, the CFRED and the Faculty of Law will organise the Asia FDI Forum 2015.

The Forum will provide a multi-stakeholder platform for participants from academia, government, the private sector and civil society to discuss regional investment trends, highlight specific features of Asia-Pacific investment laws and treaties, and explore policy implications.  Among key questions, the Forum will explore:

  • how Asia-Pacific’s agreements compare to recent global trends in the evolving rules on foreign investment;
  • the patterns and implications of increasing regionalization in investment rulemaking by Asian countries;
  • perceptions and use of investor-state arbitration by Asian investors and against Asian states; and
  • the relationship between efforts to increase FDI and efforts to improve governance and inclusive growth and development.

The Forum will also pay particular attention to SCEs as increasingly important actors in FDI. The Asia FDI Forum 2015 will take a close look to the strategies of Chinese SOEs under the One Belt, One Road’ Initiative, the role of the Investor State Dispute Settlement in relation to SCEs and the recent treaty practice.

For more information visit the Program and to attend the Conference you can fill in the registration form!

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