2023 Summer/Winter School – ‘Green protectionism’ against international trade or sustainable development? The new wave of climate change legislation

Date and Time: FRIDAY 15 September 2023, 9am-10.30am CEST



Recently, developed nations have developed mechanisms to address climate change like the European Union’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and the Inflation Reduction Act of America. There is a fear that these climate change mechanisms are actually disguised barriers to trade operating as a new wave of green protection and operate as extraterritorial application of domestic legislation thereby shifting the responsibility to address climate change to the developing countries. This brings to the fore the issue of the tension between international trade and environmental protection. This issue requires particular attention and engagement.


Seutame Maimele –  https://www.tips.org.za/about-tips/our-team/staff/item/4425-seutame-maimele

Prof Emma Aisbett – https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/aisbett-ek

Prof Regis Simo – https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/regis-y-simo


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