Emissions Trading and WTO Law


Emissions Trading and WTO Law

A Global Analysis

9781783474417 Edward Elgar Publishing
Felicity Deane, Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology Law School, Australia
Publication Date: 2015 ISBN: 978 1 78347 441 7 Extent: 232 pp
Emissions Trading and WTO Law examines the global trade issues that arise as a result of the introduction of emissions trading frameworks. The book focusses specifically on the rules of the WTO, as a tool to demonstrate where the boundaries exist for acceptable interference with international trade. In doing so, Felicity Deane addresses the thorny issue of the potential global impact of emissions trading frameworks.

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Emissions trading is an economic legal framework designed to address the global environmental crisis of climate change. This book analyses the broader impacts of these frameworks – particularly the relationship between emissions trading schemes and the WTO.

Felicity Deane focuses primarily on the rules of the WTO as a tool to demonstrate where the boundaries exist for acceptable interface with international trade. She explores the meaning of goods and products, services, subsidies and border adjustments within the context of the WTO rules and considers the impacts of these definitions on emissions trading frameworks.

Academics and students with an interest in the WTO and the convergence of trade and environment will find this an insightful book. The points raised will also be useful to legal professionals, economists and policymakers involved in emissions trading practices.
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‘The legal arrangements applying to the economic and commercial aspects of managing natural resources have traditionally been unrelated to those applying to the management of ecosystems and the protection of the environment. However, the interface between what have increasingly been described as economic law and environmental law has become an issue of both practical and theoretical importance at all levels of the legal system. Dr Felicity Deane''s global analysis of the relationship between emissions trading law and the law of the World Trade Organization is both timely and important. She skilfully reviews the range of complex legal issues. The result is a significant contribution to the legal literature.’
– Douglas Fisher, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Contextual Elements of Emissions Trading 3. The Law of the WTO and Emissions Trading 4. The Classification of GHG Tradeable Instruments as Goods 5. Emissions Trading and the General Agreement on Trade in Services 6. The Subsidies of Emissions Trading Schemes 7. The Border Adjustments of Emissions Trading Schemes 8. Conclusion Index
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