IISD has been working on international trade for over two decades, analyzing the issue from multiple perspectives: scientific, economic, fiscal, legal, social, and environmental. Within the wide range of topics that trade covers, IISD has a long history of working on reforms to the World Trade Organization’s rules and members’ ability to engage in those processes. IISD has also built an extensive body of work on regional and plurilateral trade agreements; options for new industrial policies functioning within a rules-based system; innovative financing for sustainable infrastructure; border-carbon adjustment measures; and whether trade can accelerate renewable energy, improve food security, and eliminate harmful fisheries subsidies and fossil fuel subsidies.
IISD works with developing countries and others on these and other trade issues, along with analyzing the latest trends and thinking in this field through its flagship Investment Treaty News, Global Subsidies Initiative and the SDG Knowledge Hub.
Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2019
Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship journal on international investment law and policy.
Overfishing Calls for Concrete Actions
Our oceans and fish stocks—and the populations that depend on them—all suffer from the consequences of overfishing. We share a glimpse of the current WTO push to end harmful fisheries subsidies by 2020.
How Could China’s New Foreign Investment Law Impact Trade Debate?
Negotiators from the United States and China have met repeatedly in recent weeks to reach an agreement to resolve some of the trade irritants between them, including the high-profile issue of forced technology transfers.
How Can Blockchain Improve Sustainability in Mining?
Companies interested in sustainability and transparency are starting to use blockchain to trace materials back to their sources.
WTO Debate on Future of “Differentiation” Highlights Challenges
In March 2019, Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump announced Brazil will stop asking for certain types of treatment accorded to developing countries at the World Trade Organization.
Canada's International Trade Obligations: Barrier or opportunity for sustainable public procurement?
This paper explores the extent to which international trade agreements could pose a barrier to sustainable procurement or, conversely, enable sustainability to take a more prominent role in the procurement process.
Weighing up the Environmental Cooperation Agreement under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement
Trade agreements can have important environmental effects. We take a look at what’s old, what’s new and what’s noteworthy in the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement when it comes to the environment.
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