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Mega-Regional Trade Agreements

  • Thilo Rensmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Strategic and Structural Issues

  4. Liberalisation and Protection of Foreign Investment

  5. Innovation and International Property Rights

  6. Energy Governance and the Green Economy

  7. Emerging Trends in Other Regulatory Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317

About this book


This book provides an in-depth analysis of "Mega-Regionals", the new generation of trans-regional free-trade agreements (FTAs) currently under negotiation, and their effect on the future of international economic law. The main focus centres on the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), but the findings are also applicable to similar agreements under negotiation, such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
The specific features of Mega-Regional Trade Agreements raise a number of issues with respect to their potential effect on the current system of international trade and investment law. These include the consequences of Mega-Regionals for the most-favoured-nation (MFN) principle, their relation to the multilateral system of the World Trade Organization (WTO), their democratic legitimacy and their interaction with existing bilateral investment treaties (BITs).
The book is intended for academics and practitioners working in the field of international economic law.


TTIP negotiations Democratic legitimacy Trade agreements Investment protection standards Patent protection Intellectual property rights International investment agreements Environmental goods Environmental regulation Non-tariff barriers Liberalising trade EU energy sector Labour standards Competition law Government procurement

Editors and affiliations

  • Thilo Rensmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of AugsburgAugsburgGermany

About the editors

Thilo Rensmann, Professor at Faculty of Law, University Augsburg, Germany

Bibliographic information

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“Mega-Regional Trade Agreements sheds light on many important aspects and implications of current trends towards greater regionalisation in global trade and its multilevel governance related to megaregionals. Overall, it represents a useful contribution to a much-needed discussion on this area of international law.” (Ondřej Svoboda, The Lawyer Quarterly, Vol. 9 (2), 2019)