Research Handbook on Climate Change and Trade Law
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Research Handbook on Climate Change and Trade Law

Edited by Panagiotis Delimatsis

The interaction between climate change and trade has grown in prominence in recent years. This Research Handbook contains authoritative original contributions from leading experts working at the interface between trade and climate change. It maps the state of affairs in such diverse areas as: carbon credits and taxes, sustainable standard-setting and trade in ‘green’ goods and services or investment, from both a regional and global perspective. Panagiotis Delimatsis redefines the interrelationship of trade and climate change for future scholarship in this area.
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Chapter 21: Climate change mitigation and the WTO framework

Ludivine Tamiotti and Daniel Ramos


Global concerns over the effects of GHG emissions on the climate has led to important developments in climate change policies. As a result, several different policy paths at national and regional levels might be adopted to address the issue, including through the use of trade-related mechanisms. Such paths might give rise to concerns regarding their effectiveness and potential consequences for different economies. The concluding chapter joins the debate around the issues addressed throughout the book by presenting the institutional role the WTO can play to promote the mutual supportiveness between international trade and climate change. Three principal institutional roles are outlined: as a binding legal system that regulates its members' trade interactions and which includes a dispute settlement resolution mechanism; as a framework through which WTO members are engaged in a peer-review of each other's trade policies; and as a negotiating forum in which members exchange views, opinions and ultimately negotiate ways to further their trade relations. The concluding chapter discusses such institutional roles and explores how the WTO offers a framework for its members to address the trade issues that may arise when adopting measures aimed at climate change mitigation.

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