CSOs say NO to ‘TRIPS Plus’ Measures in RCEP

By CSOs | Open Letter | October 18, 2016

Following is the text of an open letter submitted by nearly 100 health, community and development organisations in the Asia Pacific region to the sixteen governments which are currently negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement – a mega regional free trade agreement. The open letter urges governments to reject all provisions that would…

India Changes Tack on RCEP Negotiations

By Kavaljit Singh | Commentary | August 13, 2016

Last week, India abruptly changed tack by expressing its willingness to drop three-tiered approach on tariff liberalization under the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. This was communicated to trading partners at the fourth RCEP Ministerial Meeting held in Laos on August 5. India has been one of the key proponents of the…

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Remodeling India’s Investment Treaty Regime (II)

By Kavaljit Singh | Commentary | July 20, 2016

As part of ongoing initiatives towards restructuring its bilateral investment treaty regime, the Indian government has recently approached 25 countries – with whom the initial duration of treaty is not yet over – to sign a joint interpretative statement to clarify ambiguities in the existing treaty texts. The objective of this move is to…


Brexit: What Happens Next?

By Kavaljit Singh | Commentary | June 24, 2016

Britain has voted to leave the European Union. In a referendum held on Thursday (June 23), close to 52 per cent of Britons favored leaving the EU. The referendum results reveal that the arguments put forward by Brexiters found greater resonance with the sentiments of ordinary people than the ones put forward by pro-European…