A Hidden Statutory Bar to Private Causes of Action for Breaches of the WTO's Agreement on Government Procurement
63 Pages Posted: 15 May 2015 Last revised: 14 Nov 2015
Date Written: January 12, 2015
Liberalizing public procurement is free trade’s final frontier. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the largest free-trade agreement under negotiation. Talks will not progress without reaching an agreement on public procurement. U.S. law contains a hidden bar to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement’s (GPA) challenge procedures. This statutory bar could be a deal breaker for TTIP negotiations.
Keywords: Government Procurement, Free Trade, TTIP, WTO GPA, EU
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