The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A discussion with Elizabeth Ward



25 November 2015


US Studies Centre



A little over a month ago, representatives of the 12 participant states in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) announced a final agreement had been reached. The TPP continues to be publically debated, driven by discussions ranging from workers rights to geopolitical competition. The Alliance 21 Program hosted a roundtable discussion with Elizabeth Ward, Australia’s chief negotiator for the TPP, who helped dispel the myths and provided unique insight into the negotiation process.


  • Elizabeth Ward
    First Assistant Secretary, TPP Chief Negotiator, Office of Trade Negotiations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

    Elizabeth Ward was a visitor at the US Studies Centre in 2015. Ward was the First Assistant Secretary, Office of Trade Negotiations and Chief Negotiator for Australia in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations. From 2012-mid 2014, she was Deputy Chief Negotiator TPP, and oversighted Australian negotiations in the WTO on the Trade Facilitation Agreement, non-agricultural market access including Information Technology Agreement negotiations, as well as work on Technical Barriers to Trade. Previously, Ward was Minister-Counsellor for Trade Policy in the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC and also worked on Australia’s agriculture negotiating team during the WTO Doha Round.

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