Our Deep Dive into the Intersection between Trade, Investment and Climate Change Policies

Climate change is taking center stage in global trade and investment policy. Differences in climate policies have prompted concerns over carbon leakage, for instance, with emission-intensive production moving to jurisdictions with more lax environmental regulation. In turn, policies are being developed to level the playing field through carbon border adjustment mechanisms. In recent years, efforts have also accelerated to achieve the Paris Agreement objective of aligning finance flows with climate goals. Shareholders, consumers and the public increasingly expect firms to monitor, report, and reduce emissions throughout their international supply chains, and demands in this area are being reflected in securities law disclosure requirements. Climate change objectives are emerging in due diligence regulation as well. With investment treaties being used for claims for billions of compensation for climate policies as well as for numerous claims involving renewable energy, international investment frameworks are increasingly being judged by their climate impacts. Through concrete examples from around the world, this deep dive will map the landscape of how the climate emergency is impacting global trade and investment policy. It will explore efforts to align trade and climate agendas and assess the implications for firms and governments. The deep dive will also provide a solid grounding to understand how international trade and investment law enable and constrain the governance of climate change, and what to expect over the coming years.

Who will benefit from this Deep Dive?

Officials in government and international organizations

Officials working on trade and investment policy and officials working on climate change policy. 

 Private sector public policy teams

People responsible for formulating and executing public policy outcomes for their companies with respect to climate change, trade and investment, including understanding the potential trade and investment issues that will arise as governments move to incorporate climate risk and impact into trade and investment policy decisions. 

Non-government organizations and non-profits

People engaged in developing and advocating policy solutions in areas such climate, trade, investment and sustainable development. 

Here Is What You Will Learn

How Trade and investment policies intersect with climate change policies

 Explore how the flow of goods, services, and capital influence the scale and distribution of carbon emissions.

How trade and investment policies are developing to support climate change goals

Understand how climate change policies interact with the core legal frameworks governing international trade and foreign investment, including the WTO, free trade agreements, and investment treaties

What climate change initiatives in finance imply for future investment policy

Learn how recent efforts to reform trade and investment regimes seek to align with climate change goals, such as carbon border adjustments and reforms of investment protection regimes.

What are the implications for global supply chains and policy reform agendas

Understand the implications of the Paris Agreement for financial actors – such as banks and insurers - and how this relates to investment policy.

Deep Dive Dates, Structure and Outcomes

Dates and Length

This Deep Dive will run for approximately 3 weeks.
  Dates to be announced shortly.

A mix of video and live lectures

This Deep Dive will have approximately 4 hours of video and 4 hours of live/synchronous lectures with Emily Lydgate and Lauge Paulsen. Content is spread over the 3 weeks so you dont have to take time off from work.

A Policyware Certificate

Upon completing the Deep Dive you will receive a Policyware Certificate that you can display on LinkedIn.

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Meet Your Experts

Emily Lydgate

Dr Emily Lydgate is a Reader (Senior Associate Professor) in Law and Deputy Director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory, a partnership between University of Sussex and Chatham House. Her research focuses at the intersection of environmental regulation and economic integration. She is a Specialist Advisor to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  Committee of the UK Parliament and has provided expert testimony for a number of Parliamentary Committees. Emily is also an instructor for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's Advanced Diplomatic Academy.   Emily holds a PhD from King's College London and an MSc (with distinction) from Oxford University. She was a Marie Curie Researcher at Bocconi University and has consulted at the United Nations Environment Programme's Economics and Trade Branch, where she acted as a WTO liaison. Emily has been awarded major research grants on trade, climate change and sustainable development from the EU Horizon 2020 programme and UK Research and Innovation. She is on the management team of the Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy. Her research and commentary have been featured in a wide array of media outlets.  
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Lauge N. Skovgaard Poulsen OBE

Lauge Poulsen is Professor of International Relations & Law at University College London. Poulsen is chair of the OECD inter-governmental work with stakeholders and experts on investment treaties, where he leads discussions on investment treaties and climate change policy. He serves as specialist adviser to the UK House of Commons' International Trade Committee and leads Whitehall's advanced trade policy training programme. Poulsen was adviser to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2017 to 2020 and was appointed OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in the 2022 Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to UK trade policy. Before joining UCL, Poulsen was a postdoctoral fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and he has been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution's Economic Studies Division and Melbourne Law School. Prof Poulsen is an editorial board member of several journals, including the Journal of International Economic Law.