Climate Change and International Trade

Climate Change and International Trade

Rafael Leal-Arcas

Rafael Leal-Arcas expertly examines the interface of climate change mitigation and international trade law with a view to addressing the question: How can we make best use of the international trading system experience to aim at a global climate change agreement?

Chapter 1: Prologue

Rafael Leal-Arcas

Subjects: environment, climate change, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law, international economic law, trade law

Extract

This book examines the interface of climate change mitigation and international trade law with a view to addressing the question: how can we make best use of the international trading system experience to aim at a global climate change agreement? The objective of this study is to contribute to developing the architecture for a post-2012 global climate agreement, marking thereby a new phase of the Kyoto Protocol. In doing so, the book seeks and proposes new approaches to climate change mitigation by linking climate change mitigation and the international trade system. Climate change mitigation has become one of the most relevant topics today, and it will continue for years to come. It is a concern that has implications in economics, law, science, human rights, technology, international relations, and ethics, to name but a few fields of knowledge. Climate change is a global problem that knows no geographical barriers. International law is not well equipped to face the challenges of climate change. Global climate is an indivisible public good. International law currently faces the challenge of fragmentation and the need to bring greater coherence to a fragmented system in combating climate change.

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