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The relationship between globalization and environmental policies presents more nuances than the popular paradigm of free trader versus self-serving protectionists, the familiar model of environmentalist battling greedy polluters, or the outmoded view of a progressive multilateral agenda juxtaposed against a parochial, inward-looking domestic one. This piece sets out a structural and analytical framework for addressing the major issues in the field -- including (1) unilateral trade-based measures to protect the environment; (2) science-based tests applied through trade agreements; (3) disciplines on foreign investment that may have a "chilling effect" on environmental regulation; and (4) the relationship between free trade agreements and multilateral environmental agreements. The implications for domestic law in the United States, including federal administrative law and federal-state relations, are also examined.


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  • Subject
    • Commercial Law

    • Consumer Protection Law

    • Economics

    • Energy and Utilities Law

    • Environmental Law

  • Journal title
    • International Environmental Law Committee Newsletter

  • Volume
    • 1

  • Pagination
    • 2-7

  • Date submitted

    7 September 2022

  • Keywords