Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11)

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Introduction

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is proposed on the backdrop of rapid economic and population growth in the Asia-Pacific region which has led to a number of environmental concerns. The region is faced with a myriad of environmental challenges including high rate of wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, illegal fishing, increased marine pollution, and others that are a threat of human health, habitat and biodiversity.[1]  The TPP is geared towards addressing these concerns and preventing inability to enforce domestic environment regulations used to attract trade and investment opportunities that disregard environment concerns.[2] Therefore, TPP negotiation seeks members to have environmental commitments and obligations that promote mutually supporting trade and environmental policies, environmental protection and enforcing of environmental regulations, and building capacities of the members to address trade-related environmental challenges through mutual cooperation[3].

[1] Fergusson Ian, McMinimy Mark and Williams Brock, ‘The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): In Brief’ (2016) Congressional Research Service 10.

[2] David Vincent,  ‘The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Environmental Saviour or Regulatory Carte Blanche?’ (2014) Minnesota Journal of International Law, 3.

[3] Mark R., Goldschmidt, ‘The Role of Transparency and Public Participation in International Environmental Agreements: The North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation’, (2001) Environmental Affairs Law Review 343, 356.

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Assessment Task 3: Research Paper
 Word limit: 3,000 – 4,000 words. In accordance with Law School
Policy, words in excess of 4000 words will not be read or
marked. The word limit does not include text in footnotes or the
bibliography. Footnotes should not contain substantive argument.
 The research paper must be based upon the approved research
methodology in your Research Proposal. It must take into account
the feedback provided to you in relation to your Research Proposal.
 Citation/Style Guide: Your paper must be referenced in accordance
with AGLC3 and Written Assessment in the Law School, i.e. you
must use footnotes and a bibliography.

Overview
Task 2: Research Proposal
You are required to prepare a Research Proposal setting out:
(1) your topic and your approach to the topic
(2) research question/s
(3) the methodology you will adopt in your research and
(4) an initial literature review of the most highly relevant scholarly literature, case law,
legislation, international treaties or government materials.
The Research Proposal is the first stage of development of your Research Paper
which requires you to critically analyse a topic of current concern in areas of
international commercial transactions.
The topic list is set out below. If you would prefer to do a topic not on this list, then
you must seek prior approval from the Unit Coordinator.
Your Research Proposal must be referenced using footnotes and a bibliography in
accordance with the AGLC style. Footnotes and bibliography are not included in the
word limit.
Task 3: Research Paper
You are required to prepare a written Research Paper that critically analyses your
topic. Critical analysis requires you to take a position (that is, formulate a central
argument), and develop that argument throughout your paper by critically analysing
the most highly scholarly relevant literature, case law, legislation, international treaties
or government materials.
Your Research Paper must be referenced using footnotes and a bibliography in
accordance with the AGLC style. Footnotes and bibliography are not included in the
word limit. Your research paper must be based on the same topic as your Research
Proposal.