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Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology

The United States recently concluded negotiations over a major, new multilateral trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”).1 Negotiations continue over two other major trade agreements. One is a negotiation with the European Union over what is known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (“T-TIP”).2 The other involves negotiations with twenty-three countries over what is known at the Trade in Services Agreement (“TiSA”).3 In total, the three agreements involve 54 countries, representing a total of 40%, 50%, and 70% of global gross domestic product (“GDP”) respectively and will serve as a global template for future trade agreements for many years.4 In short, in the trade universe, they are a big deal.

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