[Ip-health] Blumenthal amendment on trade transparency

Sean Michael Flynn sflynn at wcl.american.edu
Tue May 19 10:03:24 PDT 2015


Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law, 202-294-5749,
sflynn at wcl.american.edu
David Levine, Elon University School of Law, 336-279-9298, dlevine3 at elon.edu
Senators Blumenthal, Brown, Baldwin, and Udall introduced today a trade
negotiation transparency bill
<http://infojustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Blumenthal-Transparency-A
mendment.pdf>  that would require that all formal U.S. proposals for trade
agreement restrictions on domestic regulations be posted on a website. This
is a common sense policy that should be broadly supported. The bill would
require policies similar to the transparency policies currently followed by
the European Union and by intergovernmental organizations that set similar
minimum regulatory standards. But it would be major change in the current
process for trade negotiations followed by the U.S. Trade Representative,
which are infamously secretive (See today¹s Financial Times
<http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2015/05/five-arguments-against-the-self-defea
ting-secrecy-of-the-trans-pacific-partnership/> ).
http://infojustice.org/archives/34458





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