Jeffrey D. Sachs (Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University), Thea Lee (Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO) and Peter Petri (Carl Shapiro Professor of International Finance, Brandeis University) discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreements. Lise Johnson (Legal Researcher; Head: Investment Law and Policy, CCSI) served as moderator.
If finalized and adopted, these two “mega-treaties” will cover 40 countries and have significant and complex implications for international economic law, domestic policy, and sustainable development at the macro- and micro-level. This event thus aimed to catalyze increased and nuanced discussion of the negotiations, Congress’s role in overseeing and ratifying their outcome, and what they mean for us.
The event was the first in a series of talks held over the semester aiming to explore the substance of these agreements and the processes through which they are negotiated and ratified.