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.
USMCA Curbs How Much Investors Can Sue Countries—Sort of
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) put the famous investor–state dispute settlement mechanism on the map. Now its rebirth as the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) is taking it off again—at least between the United States and Canada.
NAFTA Agriculture Clash Distracts From Sustainability Conversation
Following the NAFTA negotiations has been like riding a roller coaster, holding your breath because you don’t know what shock might be coming around the next corner.
A Progressive Investment Agenda for Canada: Going beyond nice words
The Government of Canada has made the notion of a “progressive and inclusive” trade and investment agenda the linchpin of its trade policy development—but the government will have to go beyond nice words to ensure that investment policy can achieve sustainable development.
Canada's Trade Troubles Make a Perfect Opportunity
NAFTA uncertainty, global shakeups prompt Canadian trade to do the unthinkable: evolve.
Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 9, Issue 2, July 2018
Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD’s flagship journal on international investment law and policy.
Global Value Chain Policy Series: Environment
This paper, part of the Global Value Chain Policy Series, examines questions that arise at the intersection of environmental sustainability and global value chains.
Food for Thought: Weighing up health and investment in the age of the new pandemic
Obesity is increasing in developing countries and trade agreements could help monitor this. Read more to find out how.
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