Trade Agreements' Environment Provisions: Insights from a Novel Dataset

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:45

Fasken Classroom, Rm 122

Faculty Colloquium with Jean-Frédéric Morin, Associate Professor, Laval University. 

Trade agreements increasingly include ambitious environmental provisions. Despite the encompassing nature of these provisions, studies on their drivers and consequences remain scarce. Until recently, the main factor hindering research in this area was the lack of reliable data.

This presentation will discuss a new dataset, the Trade & Environmental Database (TREND). Introduced by J.F. Morin, A. Dür and L. Lechner in 2018, this dataset documents 280 types of environmental provisions in 630 trade agreements signed between 1947 and 2016. The database is of particular relevance for research on treaty design, legal innovation, regime complexity, norm diffusion, and treaty effectiveness.

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