Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. That is, it is becoming ever clearer that relative global success or failure in addressing this challenge will fundamentally dictate the nature of humanity’s future. As such, it behooves us to think of the ways in which all areas of policy might contribute to efforts to address climate change. In the area of trade law and policy, this boils down to two types of actions: amending trade law or policy that unduly impedes climate action, and formulating new trade laws or policies that proactively support climate change objectives such as mitigation or adaptation. This essay will explore the first type of option: the links between World Trade Organization (WTO) law and article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
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The Paris Agreement’s Article 6 and the WTO: Points of Convergence