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Professor Rafael Leal-Arcas presents his research on the use of international trade to mitigate climate change

The presentation by Professor Leal-Arcas is forthcoming as a scientific article titled “Climate Clubs and International Trade across the European and International Landscape"

27 April 2020

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Pylons in a field of Rapeseed

Professor Rafael Leal-Arcas, Jean Monnet Chair holder in EU International Economic Law at Queen Mary University of London, presented his research at the 1st Annual Conference on Global Energy Transition Law and Policy in a webinar organized by the University of Houston Law Center (USA) on 17 April 2020.

Listen to his presentation on the University of Huston Law Center website (from 2:17:01 to 2:26:27)

The presentation by Professor Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas is forthcoming as a scientific article titled “Climate Clubs and International Trade across the European and International Landscape,” European Energy and Environmental Law Review, Vol. 29, Issue 3, 2020.

Abstract

This article provides a comprehensive examination of the greatest threat humanity faces today: climate change. It does so by looking at the legal, political, institutional, regulatory, and economic angles of climate change from the perspective of major emitters and the most relevant actors in the mitigation of climate change. The article offers a fresh understanding of the international trading system as a way to reach a prosperous, modern, and sustainable society that will help decarbonize the economy effectively. The article offers new ideas on the creation of a climate club linked to the international trade regime as an effective way to mitigate climate change. How should policies, regulations, laws, and agreements change to get us there? What incentives will be necessary to get there effectively? What has failed and why? We conclude that innovation and technology will be among the key elements of this equation, without which we will miss the goal.

Read his research paper on SSRN.