School of Environmental Studies

SCHOOL OF

Environmental Studies

SCHOOL OF

Environmental Studies

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ENSC 483

Special Topics in Environmental Studies - Winter 2019
TOPIC: Trade and the Environment

Course Description

This course examines debates in law, economics and political science about the impacts of trade on the natural environment. The relationship between trade and the environment is complex. The movement of goods obviously creates a carbon footprint, but is consuming local products always more environmentally friendly than buying imports? Do countries lower their environmental standards to gain competitive advantage, creating a ‘race to the bottom’, or does a liberal trading regime allow for the spread of environmentally friendly goods and technologies? Do trade agreements like NAFTA protect the ‘right to regulate’ or create ‘regulatory chill’? We will examine all of these questions, with a particular focus on trade and investment disputes that have arisen over environment policy.

Course Instructor:

Dr. Kyla Tienhaara
email: kyla.tienhaara@queensu.ca