June 19, 2016
A group of law faculty and economists is organizing faculty signatures on a letter opposing the inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The provisions in the TPP text made public in late 2015 show that as many feared, the final text not only fails to address the problems of previous ISDS treaty provisions but indeed would vastly expand the U.S. government’s potential liability under the ISDS system. That raises concerns that ISDS will be used to undermine or discourage a broad range of regulatory protections of the environment, consumers, and health, exacerbating global inequality and anti-democratic elite political power.
Here is the link to the full letter if you would like to sign on: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aPbS_jfsYHnvT0SPso4d9qatWKY7ezdr5A0yrpuU2jM/viewform