International Law and Immigration

Ca. Int'l Law Journal VOL. 23, NO. 1, SUMMER 2015

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Robert Bowen*

I. INTRODUCTION

Many California practitioners advise on transactions, investments, and other matters involving international commerce between private parties. Often, such commerce occurs against the backdrop of legal frameworks established by national governments after extensive negotiations. Multilateral and bilateral free trade agreements are good examples of frameworks that allow for and benefit subsequent private commerce. This article provides an overview of the framework and potential implications of a major multilateral trade agreement—the Trans-Pacific Partnership ("Tpp")—that appears likely to become operative in the near future and, if adopted, would have important ramifications for many California practitioners.

II. HISTORY

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