5 Oct 2023
TESS Report: Principles of International Law Relevant for Consideration in the Design and Implementation of Trade-Related Climate Measures and Policies.
"I am proud to have worked with such a diverse group of experts from around the world."Prof Peter Van den Bossche, WTI Director of Studies
Delighted to share a new TESS report, offering guidance for governments and stakeholders. Among the authors, also our Director of Studies.
We are proud to see WTI's Director of Studies, Prof Peter Van den Bossche, among the authors of the new report on “Principles of International Law Relevant for Consideration in the Design and Implementation of Trade-Related Climate Measures and Policies,” the product of an international legal experts group convened by the Forum on Trade, Environment & the SDGs (TESS).
Prof Van den Bossche worked with a diverse group of experts in international law related to climate, environment, and trade and general international law from around the world.
In this report, the expert group offers governments and stakeholders independent guidance on principles of international law relevant for consideration in the design and implementation of trade-related climate measures and policies. The principles are analysed in a way that presents them as cumulative and simultaneously applicable, in a mutually supportive and coherent manner, giving full effect to all relevant parts of international law, insofar as possible.
The vision driving the report is that a shared understanding on such principles could go a long way in reducing tensions and avoiding politically charged disputes at the WTO, while fostering inclusive cooperation on trade policies that support climate action and advance sustainable development.