International Trade Working Paper

The International Trade Working Paper series promptly documents and disseminates reviews, analytical work and think-pieces to facilitate the exchange of ideas and to stimulate debates and discussions on issues that are of interest to developing countries in general and Commonwealth members in particular. The issues considered in the papers may be evolving in nature, leading to further work and refinement at a later stage.


Climate and Energy Provisions in Trade Agreements with Relevance to the Commonwealth

This paper considers domestic climate laws among Commonwealth countries and climate change language across an array of trade and investment agreements featuring Commonwealth parties in order to identify key trends and useful mechanisms for future agreement negotiations, particularly regarding climate-vulnerable countries and LDCs. It finds that Commonwealth countries have displayed innovation in their domestic climate legislation and trade and investment agreements, and that there is much potential for further development, particularly with respect to enhancing the resilience of climate-vulnerable states.


Keywords: domestic legislation, trade agreements, Commonwealth, investment agreements, climate
JEL: Q54: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics / Environmental Economics / Climate; Natural Disasters and Their Management; Global Warming; F10: International Economics / Trade / Trade: General; K32: Law and Economics / Other Substantive Areas of Law / Environmental, Energy, Health, and Safety Law
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