Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Leal-Arcas: Climate Change and International Trade

Rafael Leal-Arcas (Queen Mary, Univ. of London - Law) has published Climate Change and International Trade (Edward Elgar Publishing 2013). Here's the abstract:
The insightful book contributes to developing the architecture for a post­2012 global climate agreement and, in doing so, seeks and proposes new approaches to climate change mitigation by linking it to the international trade system. The author suggests the adoption of a bottom-up approach to climate change negotiations by using the evolution of multilateral trade agreements as a model for reaching a global climate treaty. He discusses the innovative approach of inserting climate goals within regional trade agreements, given their proliferation – especially bilateral – in the international trading system. He explains the trade implications of climate change mitigation policies by analyzing a couple of areas where the international regimes for trade and climate change mitigation may potentially clash.