Archive for year: 2013
U.S. Policies Deter Inward and Encourage Outward Business Investment talks of the capacity for the United States to be a magnet for both foreign and domestic investment, and the failure of policy makers to recognize the problem of reduced FDI. ?To read more Click here
The United States is in the process of negotiating investment rules in several of its trade initiatives and is also considering new investment treaties. This recent activity in the area of investment rules provides an opportunity for reevaluation.? This full evaluation is available in Liberalization or Litigation? Time to Rethink the International Investment Regime at http://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/liberalization-or-litigation-time-rethink-international-investment. The current rules are not well calibrated to liberalizing foreign investment. Instead of offering a simple and direct policy of liberalization, they incorporate vague legal principles that provide numerous opportunities for litigation, and in doing so they undermine the more basic principle of treating foreign and domestic investment equally. If international rules are to be used at all in this area, a focus on nondiscrimination, and a more flexible legal framework, would be preferable to the existing system. To read more Click here.
One of the largest challenges in the TTIP negotiations is the dispute over Genetically Modified Organisms.? Yet recently a report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council stated that studies linking GMO?s to adverse effects are based on ?contested science.?? This could therefore be the time for the US agricultural industry to lobby the United States government over the TTIP, and to work towards changing European perceptions of GMO?s. Click here