The Costs and Benefits of Trade Agreement Disputes

The Costs and Benefits of Trade Agreement Disputes
EU chief negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero and U.S. chief negotiator Dan Mullaney address the media at the end of the sixth round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Brussels, Belgium, July 18, 2014 (AP photo by Yves Logghe).

Last month, Germany voiced concerns over the inclusion of an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada. German objections also call into question the inclusion of an ISDS in the trade deal currently being negotiated between the EU and the United States. In an email interview, Timothy Josling, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, discussed the settlements and their role in international trade agreements. WPR: What is an Investor-State Dispute Settlement and how common is it in free trade agreements? Timothy Josling: Investor-State Dispute Settlement […]

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