27 Apr 2023

Focus on: Technical Barriers to Trade in Pursuit of Sustainable Development - 2023 Summer Academy

What's the role of international trade to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Today we deep dive into course 4 of the WTI's 2023 Summer Academy. Interested? Apply to secure your spot!

This course will explore how to harness the international trade system to advance sustainable development.

We will look at what is now permitted under the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and what should be permitted were the international regulatory architecture to be revised to better meet the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs).

First, the legal foundation of GATT Articles III and XX and the TBT Agreement will be discussed from the perspective of the SDGs; then we will explore whether existing international trade rules are adequate to meet environmental, governmental, labour and human rights challenges.

Our thesis is that international trade rules and standards and regulations must evolve to meet the SDGs in general, and climate change in particular.

Our case studies will draw upon the Climate Change agreements, the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), and over-exploitation of palm oil in environmentally sensitive tropical regions.

Lecturers: Christian Häberli and Arthur Appleton
Dates: 3-7 July 2023

Download the full syllabus here

Apply now to secure your place!