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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Is the global trading system at a turning point?

The representatives from the European Union and the United States are discussing a complex package of subjects that are of relevance to more than just the transatlantic economic area. Those who venture to look beyond the Atlantic rim will soon see that the likely global effects are enormous.

The transatlantic free trade agreement and other “mega-regionals”, like the Transpacific Partnership negotiated by the USA and ten other countries, demonstrate that regional agreements are covering ever more trade flows and intruding ever deeper into national regulatory systems. Greater attention needs to be paid to the effects these “mega-regionals” are having on the World Trade Organization (WTO) and developing countries.

What are the implications of mega-regionals for the multilateral trading system? How will developing countries and emerging economies be affected?

This special presents the work of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) on the effects of trade and investment agreements.

Research staff

Publications

The Current Column

What does Brexit mean for TTIP?
Siles-Brügge, Gabriel / Ferdi De Ville (2016)
Die aktuelle Kolumne vom 13.07.2016

The new EU trade and investment strategy: The proof of the pudding is in the eating
Bilal, San / Clara Brandi / Max Mendez-Parra (2015)
Die aktuelle Kolumne, 16.10.2015

TPP blazes a trail: how should the EU respond?
Berger, Axel / Clara Brandi (2015)
The Current Column of 13 October 2015)

Global economic integration at all costs?
Berger, Axel / Dominique Bruhn (2015)
The Current Column of 27 July 2015

European trade policy at an impasse
Berger,
Axel (2015)
The Current Column of 2 March 2015

What if TTIP fails?
Berger, Axel (2014)
The Current Column of 1 December 2014

A global economy that works for the good of all: responsible trade and financial policy coordination
Furness, Mark / Jodie Keane (2014)

The Current Column of 25 August 2014

Will the BRICS bank change the global financial architecture?
Reisen, Helmut (2014)

The Current Column of 28 July 2014

The case for an EU-China investment treaty
Berger, Axel

The Current Column of 10 June 2014

Factory Asia – another mega-regional trade agreement?
Brandi, Clara / Dominique Bruhn / Max Buege
The Current Column of 19 May 2014

The transatlantic free trade agreement – the dispute over dispute settlement
Berger, Axel
The Current Column of 4 March 2014

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Geo-economics at work?
Brandi, Clara / Fabian Bohnenberger
The Current Column of 17 February 2014

WTO post Bali – new hope for multilateralism?
Brandi, Clara

The Current Column of 9 December 2013

A European investment treaty with China: limited effect, but global significance
Berger, Axel

The Current Column of 7 October 2013

The global trading system at a turning point
Berger, Axel / Clara Brandi

The Current Column of 8 July 2013

Change of WTO leadership – fresh dynamism for Herculean challenges?
Brandi, Clara
The Current Column of 21 May 2013

The transatlantic free trade agreement: think of the consequences!!
Berger, Axel / Clara Brandi

The Current Column of 4 March 2013


Analysen und Stellungnahmen

Brauchen wir wirklich ein multilaterales Investitionsabkommen?
Berger, Axel (2013)

Analysen und Stellungnahmen 2/2013

Welche Chancen bieten die neuen internationalen Investitionsabkommen der EU für Entwicklungsländer?
Berger, Axel / Julia Harten (2012)

Analysen und Stellungnahmen 10/2012


Briefing Paper

What should development policy actors do about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?
Berger, Axel / Clara Brandi (2015)

Briefing Paper 1/2015

Do we really need a multilateral investment agreement?
Berger, Axel (2013)

Briefing Paper 9/2013

What opportunities do the New EU international investment agreements offer for developing countries?
Berger, Axel / Julia Harten (2012)

Briefing Paper 12/2012

Sustainability standards and certification: towards sustainable palm oil in Indonesia?
Brandi, Clara / Tobias Cabani / Christoph Hosang / Sonja Schirmbeck / Lotte Westermann / Hannah Wiese (2012)

Briefing Paper 9/2012

The financial crisis and international trade: the consequences for developing countries
Berensmann, Katrin / Clara Brandi (2011)
Briefing Paper 13/2011

Discussion Paper

Minorities and trade: what do we know, and how can policymakers take it into account?
Mueller, Benjamin / Alexandros Ragoussis (2016)
Discussion Paper 11/2016

Implications of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) for developing countries
Stephenson, Sherry / Alexandros Ragoussis / Jimena Sotelo (2016)

Discussion Paper 10/2016 

Global value chains and deep preferential trade agreements: promoting trade at the cost of domestic policy autonomy?
Bruhn, Dominique  (2014)
Discussion Paper 23/2014

Exploring the effectiveness of local content requirements in promoting solar PV manufacturing in India
Johnson, Oliver (2013)

Discussion Paper 11/2013

Investment rules in Chinese preferential trade and investment agreements: is China following the global trend towards comprehensive agreements?
Berger, Axel (2013)

Discussion Paper 7/2013

The end of GATT-WTO history? – Reflections on the future of the post-Doha World Trade Organization
Brandi, Clara / Matthias Helble (2011)
Discussion Paper 13/2011

Studies

Sustainability certification in the Indonesian palm oil sector: benefits and challenges for smallholders
Brandi, Clara / Tobias Cabani / Christoph Hosang / Sonja Schirmbeck / Lotte Westermann / Hannah Wiese
(2013)
Studies 74


Articles and other publications

Promises and pitfalls of plurilateralism
Brandi, Clara (2016)
published on Think Piece e-paper 4/2016, 1-7

Beeinflussen Freihandelsabkommen Migration?
Brandi, Clara (2016)
in: Welt-Sichten 5/2016, 6-7

After the WTO Conference in Nairobi: What is the Future of the World Trade Organisation?
Dieter, Heribert / Rolf J. Langhammer / Marc Bungenberg / Andreas Freytag / Catherine Grant Makokera / Axel Berger / Clara Brandi (2016)
in: ifo Schnelldienst 69 (5), 3-17

Coverage and enforceability of investment rules in PTAs: the role of global value chain trade and regulatory differences
Bruhn, Dominique (2015)
FIW (Working Paper Series 142)

Comment: why an EU-China investment agreement would not be such a bad thing
Berger, Axel (2014)

published on Borderlex

The futile debate over a multilateral framework for investment
Berger, Axel (2013)
published on Columbia FDI Perspectives 102

Do trade and investment agreements lead to more FDI? Accounting for key provisions inside the black box
Berger, Axel / Matthias Busse / Peter Nunnenkamp / Martin Roy (2013)
in: International Economics and Economic Policy 10 (2), 247-275

Investment treaties and the search for market access in China
Berger, Axel (2013)

in: Investment Treaty News 4 (3), 8-9

China’s impact on the global wind power industry
Lema, Rasmus / Axel Berger / Hubert Schmitz (2013)

in: Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 42 (1), 37–69

Successful trade promotion: lessons from emerging economies
Brandi, Clara (2013)

ODI Report June 2013

Attracting FDI through BITs and RTAs: does treaty content matter?
Berger, Axel / Matthias Busse / Peter Nunnenkamp / Martin Roy (2012)
in: Karl P. Sauvant / Jennifer Reimer (eds.), FDI Perspectives: issues in international investment, 2nd ed. (Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment November 2012), 155-156

Grüner Handel für nachhaltige Entwicklung
Brandi, Clara (2012)

in: German Export Journal 2/2012, 13-14

Prospects and challenges for smallholder certification: the RSPO pilot project in Jambi
Brandi, Clara / Tobias Cabani / Christoph Hosang / Sonja Schirmbeck / Lotte Westermann / Hannah Wiese (2012)

Policy Brief for Setara, Indonesia


Further Publications

Welthandel im Umbruch
Berger, Axel / Clara Brandi (2015)
in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung 21.11.2015

What are the implications of the planned US-EU free trade agreement for developing countries?
Berger, Axel / Clara Brandi / Julia Kubny
(2013)
published on KfW Development Research (Development in Brief 18)

Welche Folgen hat das geplante Freihandelsabkommen zwischen USA und EU für Entwicklungsländer?
Berger, Axel / Clara Brandi / Julia Kubny (2013)

published on Entwicklungspolitik Kompakt 18

Folgen von TTIP für Entwicklungsländer: Verlieren werden die Ärmsten
Brandi, Clara (2014)

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 15 August 2014

Events

In the Media

Wie geht TTIP?
Clara Brandi on TTIP and Development
Quarks&Co, 17 May 2016

In den Medien

Clara Brandi im Interview über die WTO-Konferenz in Nairobi. Mittagsmagazin vom 15.12.2015

Highlight

The new EU trade and investment strategy: The proof of the pudding is in the eating
Bilal, San / Clara Brandi / Max Mendez-Parra (2015)
The Current Column of 16 October 2015

In the media

In the media

Freihandel und Entwicklungsländer

Radiointerview with Clara Brandi on Bayerischer Rundfunk

4 September 2015

In the Media

Highlight

Highlight

Columbia FDI Perspectives
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, investor-state dispute settlement and China

Berger, Axel / Lauge N. Skovgaard Poulsen (2015)
Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)