Online Course on Trade and Climate Change

3 Nov 2013 - 29 Nov 2013

This online course explores key legal and economic issues arising from the climate change debate, including the relationship between the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) that address climate change. It examines the legality under international trade rules of domestic and international trade measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as measures designed to influence the behaviour of trading partners. Issues addressed include: subsidies and countervailing duties, border tax adjustments, the use of technical regulations and standards to address climate change, how the WTO Agreement treats process and production methods (PPMs) that emit greenhouse gas emissions, and the WTO negotiations on environmental goods and services. Particular attention will be devoted to developing country concerns, including the economic implications for developing countries of WTO rules and MEAs affecting climate change, as well as intellectual property protection issues and technology transfer, including their role in mitigation and adaptation strategies.

UN Organisation(s): 
World Trade Institute