Policy brief: “An EU – Canada Economic Partnership: Legal Considerations and Possible Treaty Scope” by Robin Hansen

Policy brief: “An EU – Canada Economic Partnership: Legal Considerations and Possible Treaty Scope” by Robin Hansen

Policy Brief (December 2008) by Robin F. Hansen, LL.M. Candidate at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, under the direction of Professor Armand de Mestral.

On October 17, 2008, Canada and the EU announced their intention to begin negotiating an EU-Canada Economic Partnership as early as possible in 2009.  The precise contents of such an agreement are undefined at this stage, as treaty terms remain to be clarified at the negotiating table. Such prematurity notwithstanding, this brief paper highlights some possible elements of an EU-Canada Economic partnership, with particular attention paid to (1) the domestic negotiating restrictions of Canada and the EU and (2) the scope for regulatory convergence which exists between the two sides.

 

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