Research objectives

EUTIP has six complementary research objectives (RO):

RO1 – To understand the impact of European Union (EU) trade and investment policy on law making and regulation in both the EU and its trade partners, as well as on shaping global governance (governance);

RO2 – To understand how non-tariff barriers are addressed in existing and future trade agreements of the EU and whether the relevant rules will increase market access, regulatory coherence and the avoidance of bureaucratic duplication, and the socio-economic impact (competition, growth, employment) of these rules (regulation);

RO3 – To understand the dispute settlement system of existing and future trade agreements of the EU and their impact on relevant litigation, especially in view of reforming the system of investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) (multilateralism and regionalism);

RO4 – To understand the impact of existing and future trade agreements of the EU on international relations including existing structures especially North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) (Transatlantic community and multilateralism and regionalism);

RO5 – To use the enhanced knowledge base for the development of strategies to enhance the positive impact of EU trade and investment policy on economies, as well as to address the concerns regarding democracy, labour rights, mutually beneficial transatlantic relations, and effective remedies;

RO6 – To use the enhanced knowledge base to initiate dialogue beyond academia, e.g. with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), governmental organisations, media, industry, law firms, consultants, think tanks, and the public.

The research programme of the EUTIP will be delivered through 6 work packages (WP): More information