A submission by us to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCT) inquiry into Certain Aspects of the Treaty-making Process in Australia. Our submission summaries and reiterates concerns we have expressed previously in other forums. In particular, we believe that there should be transparency and adequate scrutiny in the treaty-making process where IP matters are within the scope of a trade agreement.
In the submission we reiterate our prior calls for:
- Defaulting against inclusion of IP in FTAs
- Avoiding changes to Australian law that might upset the copyright balance
- A commitment to consultation and transparency
- A greater role for Parliament in treaty-making processes
- Avoiding legislative inflexibility by ‘locking in’ laws
- Avoiding scope creep during implementation.