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Trade Network Research workshop: “Transatlantic Trade Policy, Environmental Issues, and Climate Change” Panel 1

October 5, 2021 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Location:CES online room.

Faculty of Public Affairs Research Series

The Jean Monnet Network on Transatlantic Trade Politics is very pleased to host a Research Workshop:

Transatlantic Trade Policy, Environmental Issues, and Climate Change

The workshop brings together leading North American and European experts for a penetrating and innovative examination of transatlantic trade policy, environmental issues, and climate change. Drawing on research and examples from the United States, Canada, and the European Union, panelists will consider the range of ways in which trade policy and environmental/climate change policy intersect. This could includes, for example, the impact of trade policies and agreements on environmental regulation and thus cross-border competitiveness; the role of the WTO and dispute settlement mechanisms; the impact of trade agreements on environmental standards; and the interface between environmental and trade activism.

Draft agenda (as of September 30)

October 5, 11:30-13:00:

Welcome remarks by Brenda O’Neill (Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University)

Panel 1: The impact of domestic environmental and climate policies on cross-border competitiveness and trade agreements.


David Blair (Huron at Western University), “The Politicization of the Trade-Environment Nexus in Canada.”

Susanne Dröge (German Institute for International and Security Affairs), “Intersections between the trade regime and policies and climate action.”

Jean-Frédéric Morin (Université Laval), “Do trade agreements contribute to environmental protection?”

Discussant: Gabriele Spilker (University of Konstanz)

Chair: Joan DeBardeleben (Carleton University)

October 12, 10:30-12:00:

Panel 2: The World Trade Organization (WTO) and dispute settlement: Is there a clash between environmental and trade law?


Steve Charnovitz (The George Washington University Law School), “Setting an Environmental Agenda for the WTO”

Christian Häberli (University of Bern), “CBAM vs WTO = Impasse Totale?”

Kyla Tienhaara (Queen’s University) “Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Raising the Cost of Climate Action”

Discussant: Dirk De Bièvre (University of Antwerp)

Chair: Crina Viju-Miljusevic (Carleton University)

October 19, 11:30-13:00:

Panel 3: The role of political activism: Addressing concerns about trade agreements and environmental resilience/sustainability.


Kathryn Harrison (The University of British Columbia), “Climate Activism, Climate Policy, and Fossil Fuel Exports”

Tamara Kay (University of Notre Dame), “The Possibilities of Blue-Green Alliances and Trade Policy Transformation”

Gabriele Spilker (University of Konstanz), “How important are environmental concerns for opposition towards trade agreements?”

Discussant: Gabriel Siles-Brügge (University of Warwick, UK)

Chair: Achim Hurrelmann (Carleton University)

This is a free event and open to the public. Registration is required to attend.

***You will receive a confirmation of registration email with your form submission. If you do not receive this email, you may have an error with your email address and need to resubmit the form.

Please note: Registrations are accepted on a first come basis and space is limited for the event. Accepted registrants will receive an email confirmation. Details and a link to the room will be sent separately before the event. This event is being hosted online with Zoom. Please be sure to download the Zoom software to your device for access to the event and ensure your name will appear the same as your registered name.

With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

This workshop series is part of Carleton’s Faculty of Public Affairs Research Series. This workshop is co-organized by project partners at Carleton University and the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. This event is hosted as an activity of the Jean Monnet Network on EU-Canada Relations, with the support of the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union, by Carleton University, and Jean Monnet Network partner universities University of Antwerp (Belgium), Bates College (Maine, USA), Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (Austria) and University of Warwick (UK).

Recent publications of interest:

Lisa Lechner and Gabriele Spilker. 2021. Taking it Seriously: Commitments to the Environment in South-South Preferential Trade Agreements. Forthcoming in Environmental Politics.

Gabriele Spilker, Quynh Nguyen and Thomas Bernauer. 2020. Trading Arguments: Opinion Updating in the Context of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). International Studies Quarterly 64(4): 929-938. (available to read here)