Trade Law Expert David Gantz Discusses Trans-Pacific Partnership after U.S. Withdrawal in New Book

Feb. 25, 2022

The book provides an objective, analytical assessment of the next iteration of the TPP.

Before the U.S. withdrew in 2017, the Trans-Pacific Partnership was set to become the world’s largest free trade deal, covering 40 percent of the global economy. With the U.S. now on the sidelines, the remaining countries have forged ahead with a new version of the pact, known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). This past September China applied to join the CPTPP, a reminder that competition with China in the Asia-Pacific region is occurring on multiple fronts, requiring skillful diplomacy from the U.S.    

The CPTPP and its economic implications are the focus of a new book by international trade expert and author David Gantz who – along with his co-editor Jorge Huerta-Goldman and a panel of trade law professionals – launched “The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership: Analysis and Commentary,” on Feb. 8. The book provides an objective, analytical assessment of the CPTPP, offering a detailed understanding of the agreement’s coverage.   

“It was an honor and a pleasure to work with such an esteemed group of international trade experts on a detailed analysis of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership. All of us are proud of the resulting volume,” explained Gantz. “We hope the book will be useful to anyone who wishes to acquire a greater understanding of this ‘wide and deep’ international trade agreement and its implications for the nations of the Pacific Rim and beyond.”  

A leading expert on free trade agreements, Gantz has served as an arbitrator in multiple proceedings under Chapters 11, 19, and 20 of NAFTA, and as a consultant for USAID, the World Bank Group, and the UN Development Program, among others. He is the author, co-author, or editor of six books including “An Introduction to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Understanding the New NAFTA,” and has written extensively on international trade and investment law, international business transactions, and international environmental law. Gantz is the Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and the Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.