At the intersection of Information Flows and Human Rights: What does TPP say and what does this mean for TTIP and other agreements?
Are trade agreements provide a way to solve the governance dilemma of internet – between preserving the global nature of internet while respecting national laws and norms?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has set a new standard for future FTAs for information flows through four of its chapters – Services, which delineates the coverage; E-commerce, which governs cross-border information flows; Transparency, which regulates how governments provide information to their citizens; and Exceptions, which governing how and when nations may breach their obligations.
Is this new ‘standard’ a tool to fight censorship and protectionism in the Asia-Pacific? What does TPP really say about the intersection of information flows and human rights? What influence does TPP have on TTIP, TISA and other future trade agreements – if it gets ratified?
Professor Susan A. Aaronson is a leading expert on trade, economic reforms and human rights. She is Research Professor of International Affairs and Cross-Disciplinary Fellow at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, the Carvalho Fellow at the Government Accountability Project and was the former Minerva Chair at the National War College. In recent years, she has advised the UN Special Representative on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, ILO and the World Bank.
A light lunch will be served.