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Recent studies on environmental regimes suggest that important lessons and policy recommendations may be drawn from the functioning of the multilateral trading regime. This brief compares the needs and goals of the trade and environment regimes, and discusses how insights from over sixty years of experience of the multilateral trading system might provide ideas for redesigning the architecture of the international environmental regime. It further calls for a better dialogue and improved complementarities between the two fields in order to enhance coherence within international law.


Governance and Sustainability Issue Brief Series, Brief 4.

This brief is based on: Cottier, Thomas and Elsig, Manfred, 2011. Can the Trade Regime Offer Lessons for Reforming the Architecture of the Environmental Regime? A Discussion Note. Unpublished draft version.



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