Trans-Pacific Partnership: Committed or Conniving?

By Aliza Kempner

The United States and eleven other countries have sought to strengthen environmental protections worldwide in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. However, a draft chapter of the agreement WikiLeaks exposed last week reveals that many of the countries involved are seeking to undercut that goal. While the American proposal includes penalties in cases of environmental disputes, Pacific nations see things differently, advocating for a process without disciplinary teeth.

The New York Times considers the misgivings that could ensue, as some Trans-Pacific Partnership countries reject binding commitments on environmental issues, but appear willing to include similar terms in areas such as state expropriation of private businesses.