We are investigating the role of economic law as a driver towards promoting environmental protection or as an obstacle vis-à-vis better environmental law and governance. We are particularly interested in:
- the relationship between international economic law and environmental protection
- the use of markets to promote environmental protection
- the role of law in shaping global financial flows towards a decarbonised economy
I believe that the multilateral trading system can be the preeminent force supporting growth and development in the world — lifting people out of poverty, improving living standards and helping to put the global economy back on track” WTO Director-General, Roberto Azevêdo
Our work follows very closely the agenda of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and its trade and environment debate. In particular, we are interested in exploring how WTO law and climate change law relates to each other, but we also look at other relationships with other MEAs and global environmental law and governance areas, such as biosafety. The nexus between trade, development and environment is also something we work on. We also look into the continuing trend of bilateral and regional investment treaties and how their provisions and institutional arrangements (arbitration) can be mutually supportive with global environmental areas that are affected by foreign direct investment.