WATCH: Understanding the TPP: IP Protection and Investment Protection

In February 2016, Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement on which Canada’s negotiators have been working for the last three and a half years. Canada now has two years to decide whether or not to ratify the treaty.

The TPP has been a hot topic in recent months and its content is highly controversial. The decision to either ratify the treaty or not will have far-reaching consequences across various sectors of the Canadian economy as several of our largest trading partners are also signatories. Two if its most important chapters cover intellectual property rights and foreign investment.

With a view to contributing to this important conversation, the Centre for Intellectual Property (CIPP), a research centre at the Faculty of Law, together with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) organized a conference on January 29th, attended by over 100 participants, to discuss these issues: “Understanding the TPP: IP Protection and Investment Protection.” The conference was held at CEIM in Montreal’s Quartier de l’Innovation).

Panelists and guests included David Lametti, Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard-Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, and Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s Chief Negotiator for the TPP and Acting Assistant Deputy Minister at Global Affairs Canada, both alumni of the Faculty of Law. The panelists, practitioners and academics alike, hailed from Canada, Switzerland, and Germany, and discussed two chapters of the agreement specifically, but also expanded their inquiries to reflect on broader questions in public international law and governance.

Keynote address: David Lametti

IP panel: P-E Moyse, E. Treppoz, R. Gold, T. Cottier, E. Judge

Investment panel: A. de Mestral, C-E Côté, R. Cadieux, M. Bungenberg

Closing remarks: Kirsten Hillman

This content has been updated on April 6, 2016 at 10:41.