A Few Concrete Recommendations for TPP
It's hard to offer input on proposals you haven't been allowed to see, but lots of advocates tried their best at Sunday's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) stakeholders' forum.
I was there for CDT, setting out a few concrete recommendations based on previous leaks of draft text for TPP's intellectual property chapter. Of course, as we noted in our recent comments to the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator last month, there's a real problem when the ability of stakeholders to offer meaningful comments depends almost entirely on leaks.
Confidential negotiations may be the norm for trade policy in general, but they are ill-suited to broad policymaking in an area like intellectual property, with so many diverse stakeholders.