Climate and trade policies in a post-2012 world
- Benjamin Simmons
- Harro van Asselt
- Fariborz Zelli
The groundbreaking dialogue among Trade Ministers in December 2007 during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Bali, Indonesia stimulated intense research and discussions on potential areas of synergy and conflict between the trade and climate change regimes. The dialogue itself was convened in recognition that climate change represents a challenge not only for the environment, but also for future economic prosperity and security. The Ministers focused their discussions on how international trade can best support climate change objectives and called on more analysis and evidence on the linkages between international trade, development and climate change.
The aim of this publication is to respond to this call by providing a collection of short articles that examine the future interplay between climate and trade policies and institutions. The authors, who all provided contributions in their personal capacities, were encouraged to analyse and make recommendations for strengthening the relationship between trade and climate policies. This thought-provoking set of articles focuses on international, regional and national policies and institutions relevant to the implementation of trade-related climate change measures. Issues such as the acceleration of technology transfer and the potential of regional trade agreements and border adjustment measures are both discussed and put into a broader perspective.
It is hoped this publication will contribute to the larger international discourse on the relationship between trade and climate change that is currently taking place, and thus help further the debate on the design and implementation of a future climate regime.
- Political Science
- WTO law
- United Nations Environment Programme
- climate governance
- environmental governance
- international trade
- climate change
- emissions trading
- institutional analysis
Fariborz is director of the NAVIGOV project. He received the outstanding Ph.D. thesis award of the University of Tübingen and the award for outstanding teaching performance of the German state of Baden-Württemberg.
Ongoing research projects
- Navigating institutional complexity in global climate governance: causes, consequences and responses (NAVIGOV)
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate (BECC)
- Nature of Peace
- Legitimacy in Global Governance
- How Geoengineering Arrived at the Global Agenda