Free trade agreements and international trade

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Abstract

A continuously growing expansion of international trade has significantly impacted on the environment. As free trade agreements are being increasingly negotiated throughout the world, including by Australia (which has a number of free trade agreements in force already and several free trade agreements under negotiations), the question of whether free trade agreements can be utilised to alleviate the harm inflicted on the natural environment by international trade is becoming more significant. This chapter argues that trade and environmental sustainability are indivisible, and that free trade agreements have a crucial role to play in redressing the harm inflicted on the natural environment and to ultimately contribute to decarbonisation. To increase the chance for succeeding generations to inherit the environment that our predecessors have left us, preserved to the extent possible, it is important that future trade agreements build on the current free trade agreements' achievements and, importantly, learn from their weaknesses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLegal Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in Australia
EditorsGerry Nagtzaam, Katie O'Bryan, Mark Beaufoy
Place of PublicationChatswood NSW Australia
PublisherLexis Nexis
Chapter2
Pages67-98
Number of pages32
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9780409357998
ISBN (Print)9780409357981
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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