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Environmental Border Tax Adjustments and International Trade Law

Fostering Environmental Protection

Alice Pirlot

This timely book brings clarity to the debate on the new legal phenomenon of environmental border tax adjustments. It will help form a better understanding of the role and limits these taxes have on environmental policies in combating global environmental challenges, such as climate change.
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Fostering Environmental Protection

Alice Pirlot

Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan.

Pope Francis, Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home (2015)

What we need now is a holistic approach towards problems combined with a genuine sense of universal responsibility based on love and compassion.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet (21 October 1991)

I would like to acknowledge the support of the National Fund for Scientific Research (‘Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique’). The Fund provided me with a research mandate of four years (from October 2012 to October 2016), which allowed me to conduct the research that served as a basis for this book.

I express my gratitude to Professor Edoardo Traversa (Université catholique de Louvain) for his valuable input and guidance, his academic enthusiasm, openness and humanity.

I also would like to thank the members of my scientific committee, Professor Charles-Hubert Born (Université catholique de Louvain) and Professor Kurt Deketelaere (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), for encouraging me during the four years of my research mandate. My thanks go as well to the distinguished professors who agreed to critically assess my research and provided me with useful comments: Professor Henri Culot (Université catholique de Louvain), Professor Nicolas de Sadeleer (Université Saint-Louis and Université catholique de Louvain), Professor María Amparo Grau Ruiz (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Professor Alan Hervé (Université de Bretagne Occidentale), Professor Janet Milne (Vermont Law School) and Professor Geert Van Calster (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). My thanks also to the professors who welcomed me in their research institutes: Professors Yariv Brauner and Michael K. Friel (University of Florida Levin College of Law), Professor Cécile Brokelind (Lund University School of Economics and Management), Professor Michael Lang (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien), Professor Pasquale Pistone (International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation), Professor Wolfgang Schön (Max-Planck-Institut für Steuerrecht und Öffentliche Finanzen) and Professor Marta Villar Ezcurra (Universidad San Pablo-CEU).

Finally, I would like to thank all the professors and colleagues whom I had the great honour to encounter before and during my early research years.

This research project was not only an academic experience; it was also a personally enriching path. Many thanks to my dear friends and to my family: Merci!