Stimulating Public Debate – the TPPA
The Law Foundation has an established track record of supporting projects that shed light on controversial issues. More recently it funded work on the highly charged issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
The project attempted to demystify complex issues and stimulate debate through a series of expert analyses on aspects of the TPPA. This was coordinated by Auckland University Law Professor Jane Kelsey and Barry Coates, former executive director of Oxfam New Zealand.
The resulting expert papers are intended to inform public opinion and debate and address concerns raised about the lack of publicly available information about the TPPA. The papers are not a comprehensive, formal impact assessment of the TPPA but it is expected they will provide clarity and understanding to complex legal issues surrounding the agreement, and help and bring new thinking to the subject.
Professor Kelsey’s views on the TPPA are well-known, but she has brought together a series of expert, peer-reviewed analyses that take an objective rather than an advocacy approach to some of the key issues raised by the agreement.
The papers cover TPPA provisions, their implications for policy and impacts on New Zealand society in an accessible form. They provide source material for researchers, MPs, professional bodies, NGOs, trade unions, journalists, activists and opinion-formers, to inform debate.
The analyses currently comprise seven papers:
Further papers will be added soon, covering:
Views expressed in the papers by the researchers are not the views of the Foundation.
The Law Foundation has awarded up to $30,000 towards supporting this project.