Douglas B. Sanders, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP to Speak at KCís The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Fair Practices? Live Webcast
New York, NY, April 26, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Douglas B. Sanders, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Fair Practices? LIVE Webcast.” This event is scheduled for Friday, May 2, 2014 @ 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET).
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About Douglas B. Sanders
Mr. Sanders leads Baker & McKenzie’s U.S. environmental litigation practice and represents both domestic and non-U.S. corporations before federal, state and administrative courts in environmental, class action, mass tort and product liability litigation, government enforcement, permitting and criminal proceedings. Mr. Sanders advises multi-national and domestic corporations on environmental, health and safety statutory requirements and legal risks with respect to bringing products to market in the United States and around the world. He counsels companies with respect to compliance with CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, OSHA and state environmental and product regulations and advises clients on environmental, health & safety and product regulatory risks in transactions.
About Baker & McKenzie LLP
Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organizations through more than 4,000 locally qualified lawyers and 6,000 professional staff in 75 offices in 47 countries. The Firm is known for its global perspective, deep understanding of the local language and culture of business, uncompromising commitment to excellence, and world-class fluency in its client service. For more information, visit http://www.bakermckenzie.com/
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a pending international trade agreement among 12 nations bordering the Pacific. Negotiations by-and-large have been secret. Successful completion of the TPP is a cornerstone of President Obama’s “pivot” to Asia.
In November, 2013, a draft version of the TPP Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) chapter was published by WikiLeaks, revealing controversial clauses that have elicited protest from numerous groups about several issues ranging from intellectual property, currency, the Internet, fair trade, human rights, and public health to the environment. Organizations such as the United States Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically support the TPP negotiations, but many groups and organizations see the agreement as unfair and even dangerous for some U.S. businesses.
While the majority of reputable economists believe that free trade contributes to prosperity by creating jobs (maximizing comparative advantages), some believe that current US trade policy contributes to ever increasing income inequality in the United States. Hundreds of activist groups are protesting, demonstrating, and signing letters urging Congress to reject TPP. Their complaints include an under-mining of financial regulations, labor rights, public procurement, allowing corporate suit of foreign governments (‘investor-state’ provisions), and restricting access to generic drugs, challenging food safety regulations, restricting Internet use, delaying action on climate change, and limiting exportation of oil, liquid natural gas, coal, and water.
A Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act introduced in January 2014, designed to grant the President ‘fast track’ negotiating authority to speed international trade agreements through Congress was denied a hearing by the Senate Majority Leader and probably will never reach the Senate Floor. Without its passage, the President faces formidable obstacles to ratify the TPP, provided the twelve countries agree to a text.
This webinar will bring together national and international experts to explain what has made the TPP so controversial, why it is important, and the obstacles it faces. They will suggest how businesses can best prepare for any changes the TPP could bring about. Specific issues to be addressed will include:
Intellectual Property Rights
Investor-state Dispute Resolution
State-owned Enterprises and Competition
Market Access and Trade – Drugs, Foods, Oil, and Gas
About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
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