IU panel to discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre

After nearly a decade of secret negotiations, the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are finalized and the full text is now public. Supporters say the trade deal will create jobs, boost innovation and productivity, raise living standards, reduce poverty, increase transparency and improve labor and environmental protections.

TPP logoBut critics, including U.S. conservatives and labor unions as well as health, Internet freedom and environmental activists worldwide, remain skeptical because of the secret nature of negotiations and the massive scope of the legislation.

Less than a month after the full text of the TPP was released, an Indiana University panel “TPP: Genuine Breakthrough or Fast-Track Backwards?” will grapple with the contentious nature of the agreement. Panelists include:

  • Sarah Bauerle Danzman, assistant professor of international studies in the School of Global and International Studies
  • David Fidler, James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law in the Maurer School of Law
  • Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law in the Maurer School of Law

IU’s Oxfam chapter will host the panel at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Hodge Hall, Room 111. The event is free and open to the public.

Uncommon in an era of hyper-partisanship, support for the TPP did not split evenly along American party lines. Politicians like Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio have switched their stances. And in a rare feat, the 6,000-page agreement serves as common ground between presidential hopefuls who criticize the deal, such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Secretary of State John Kerry has been a steadfast proponent of the agreement since the U.S. joined the talks in 2009.

Wednesday’s panel will unpack the political consequences of the TPP both at home and abroad and will try to answer questions on the efficacy of the agreement.

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