Date of Degree

9-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Liberal Studies

Advisor

Stephanie Golob

Subject Categories

International Relations

Keywords

Intellectual Property; Investor-State Dispute Settlements; Regimes; Trans-Pacific Partnership

Abstract

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is on track to become the largest free trade agreement in history. The multilateral negotiations comprising twelve nations across the Pacific Rim seeks to create a robust, comprehensive trade accord for the 21st century. The regional trade deal was born in the midst of an international climate of rapidly expanding free trade agreements. The TPP is not merely the latest free trade agreement. Due to the size, scope, and focus on unconventional trade issues, the TPP, led by the United States, will expand particular international regimes beyond existing norms in two key areas: intellectual property and investor-state dispute settlements. This expansionist approach has implications for geostrategic partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region and emerging hegemonic trends.

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