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

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Schoeni, Daniel, A Hidden Statutory Bar to Private Causes of Action for Breaches of the WTO's Agreement on Government Procurement (January 12, 2015). 37 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 295 (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2606063

Daniel Schoeni (Contact Author)

U.S. Air Force JAG Corps ( email )

United States

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