[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - December 19, 2016

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Dec 19 13:20:21 PST 2016

Infojustice Roundup


Reflections on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Round in Jakarta

[Jane Kelsey] These are some reflections on RCEP round in Jakarta for those who weren't there. Japan has become the US in drag, asserting its commitment to implementing the TPPA no matter what and pushing TPPA positions (and sometimes worse) even in areas it initially opposed in those negotiations, such as SOEs and intellectual property. Presumably this is to impress Trump in the hope the TPPA can be resurrected or a bilateral US Japan deal can rise from its ashes, with Japan surrendering once again to the American superpower. Australia and New Zealand continue their mantra that RCEP must be a 'high quality' agreement and continue to demand massive commitments from developing countries. They got a lot of pushback this week. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/37545>


Event: The Rise and Fall of Major Trade Deals

[PIJIP] American University Washington College of Law will host an event featuring a keynote address on the rise and fall of major trade deals by Professor Jean-Baptiste Velut (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), to be followed by two panel discussions. This event will analyze the geopolitical and economic origins of the mega trade deals like CETA, TPP and TTIP, their far-reaching implications and the factors behind their demise potential - as illustrated by the near collapse of the AACC ratification process, the stalemate of TTIP and Donald Trump's promised to abandon the TPP negotiations. The event is free and open to the public, and will be webcast. Click here for more.<http://www.pijip.org/rise-and-fall-trade-deals/>

UN General Assembly Resolution: TRIPS Flexibilities, High-Level Panel On Medicines Access

[William New] The United Nations General Assembly this month is considering a resolution committing to elevate health issues to the highest levels of foreign policy. The resolution includes references and commitments related to dozens of existing instruments and tools aimed at improving health, including a full range of those on access to medicines, such as patent flexibilities under trade rules, and the recent report of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on access to medicines and innovation. Click here for more on ip-watch.org.<http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/12/16/un-general-assembly-resolution-trips-flexibilities-high-level-panel-medicines-access/>


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