WTO Members Must Adopt A Climate Waiver

Law360 (December 14, 2018, 6:21 PM EST) -- The world is heading toward a collision between the two legal frameworks that support trade and address climate change: The World Trade Organization agreements and the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or UNFCCC. The WTO agreements encompass the rules that govern international trade, while the Paris Agreement sets out ways in which countries can mitigate climate change through domestic actions.

The complex connections between trade and climate change must be addressed by the WTO and the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. If they are not addressed, a clash will soon occur, and the...

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