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Globalization and the Environment: Why all the Fuss?
International Environmental Law Committee Newsletter
  • David A. Wirth, Boston College Law School
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The relationship between globalization and environmental policies presents more nuances than the popular paradigm of free trader versus self-serving protectionists, the familiar model of environmentalist battling greedy polluters, or the outmoded view of a progressive multilateral agenda juxtaposed against a parochial, inward-looking domestic one. This piece sets out a structural and analytical framework for addressing the major issues in the field -- including (1) unilateral trade-based measures to protect the environment; (2) science-based tests applied through trade agreements; (3) disciplines on foreign investment that may have a "chilling effect" on environmental regulation; and (4) the relationship between free trade agreements and multilateral environmental agreements. The implications for domestic law in the United States, including federal administrative law and federal-state relations, are also examined.
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David A. Wirth. "Globalization and the Environment: Why all the Fuss?" International Environmental Law Committee Newsletter Vol. 1 (2007) p. 2 - 7
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