ACTA runs afoul of the Law

Or at least 75 law professors.  This is a great introduction to the objections to ACTA …

 

PIJIP: – American University Washington College of Law

 

Over 75 law professors sent a letter to President Obama today asking him to “direct the USTR to halt its public endorsement of ACTA and subject the text to a meaningful participation process that can influence the shape of the agreement going forward.” The full text of the letter is at bottom. 

The letter comes as U.S. government officials this week have been telling public interest advocates that this may be the last week of consideration and the parties may decide shortly to initial the text, ending all further changes. Officials have previously described an intention to initial the agreement before the U.S. elections Tuesday.

PROFESSORS CHALLENGE PROCESS AND CONSTITUTIONALITY

The letter makes three main criticisms of ACTA.

First, the degree of secrecy in the negotiation — …

Second, the use of the “sole executive agreement” model for the agreement — through which it would enter into force without congressional assent or Presidential signature — is unconstitutional….

Third, the scope of the agreement has been misrepresented to the public…

 

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