Time for a TREES Agreement?
The nexus between trade and the environment is huge: border tax adjustments, subsidies, eco-labelling, international technology standards, etc. etc. Little wonder, then, that many observers have called for a new international agreement to tie them together.
That’s complicated. But naming it is easy.
The WTO treaty on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights is abbreviated as TRIPS. So it stands to reason that a similar agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Energy and the Environment should be called TREES.
No, I don’t know what exactly would be in it. But you gotta love the name.
That is all.
Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic – Land Use, the Environment and Loc…READ more