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Organized by the ACIL, together with the Asser Institute and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Detail Summary
Date 18 September 2015

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is set to be the world’s largest free trade agreement to date. According to US congressional estimates, the EU and the US jointly account for close to a half of global GDP, some 30% of global exports, and have investments in excess of $3.7 trillion in each other’s economies. While mutual market access in EU-US relations is already liberalized to a large extent, the TTIP aims not only to eliminate or lower the remaining obstacles to trade and investment in goods and services and improve regulatory cooperation, but also to set global rules and standards in these fields. In turn, this is expected to boost economic growth and job creation. However, this ambitious project raises a number of politically sensitive issues. This roundtable addresses two salient themes: regulatory cooperation and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Among other things, attention will also be paid to the manner in which regulatory cooperation and ISDS could influence environmental and consumer protection standards on both sides of the Atlantic.

The event aims to bring together academic scholars, policy makers, diplomats, representatives of civil society organizations and the business community for an in-depth discussion about the negotiations on a TTIP agreement, notably on EU-US regulatory cooperation and the much debated investor-to-state dispute settlement mechanism.


Participation is by invitation only. More information can be found on the website of the Asser Institute.