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Rules of origin in the EU–Japan EPA, by Yusuke Hatakeyama

The European Union (EU) and Japan have agreed on progressive rules of origin in the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership (‘EU–Japan EPA’1). Rules of origin are one of the most important elements in FTAs, which set out the rules and requirements for application of preferential tariff treatment (reduced or eliminated customs duties) to originating products by the customs authority … Continuer de lire Rules of origin in the EU–Japan EPA, by Yusuke Hatakeyama

Development of the governmental procurement scheme through the japan-eu economic partnership agreement (jeuepa), by Koutaro Matsuzawa

Procurement of products and services by governmental or public organizations has beenone of major topics gathering much attention in multilateral, pluri-lateral or bilateral trade negotiations since, depending on size of relevant state economy and budget of a government, a share of the government procurement market in its economy is said to be generally between 10 percent and 15 percent of GDP1. Some reasons, such as … Continuer de lire Development of the governmental procurement scheme through the japan-eu economic partnership agreement (jeuepa), by Koutaro Matsuzawa

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The precautionary approach in the Economic Partnership Agreement between EU and Japan: a threat to the EU precautionary principle? by ALESSANDRA DONATI

The reference to the precautionary approach contained in EPA shall be coordinated with the precautionary principle set forth by article 191 of Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFUE”) and with the obligation of European institutions to pursue a high level of protection of the environment (Art. 191 TFUE), public health (Art. 168 TFUE) and consumers (Art. 169 TFUE). In this regard, the … Continuer de lire The precautionary approach in the Economic Partnership Agreement between EU and Japan: a threat to the EU precautionary principle? by ALESSANDRA DONATI

Some Reflections on the Human Rights Discourse in the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement

The very starting point of the EU-Japan SPA is anchored in the respect of fundamental and shared values between the Parties. The SPA is based on a common understanding regarding the axiological importance of certain rules, which require further development in this treaty. The treaty instrument, therefore, begins with the celebration of a common vision. It can be questioned if the Asian vision of international … Continuer de lire Some Reflections on the Human Rights Discourse in the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement

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The significance of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan in International Order, Yumiko Nakanishi

Given the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union (EU) and South Korea and Japan, Japanese industries with South Korean competitors, particularly want an FTA with the EU. The 20th EU-Japan Summit took place in Brussels on 28 May 2011, shortly after the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011. The joint press statement from the summit referred to the Year of Solidarity … Continuer de lire The significance of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan in International Order, Yumiko Nakanishi