International Trade Agreements - Commentary

Collection of materials analyzing the environmental and health implications of trade and investment and the activities of governments and corporations at the international level.

CELA has a long history of recognizing the consequences of globalization on environmental protection. The expansion of international trade regimes has made it more difficult for countries to develop new and more progressive laws and policies. The same pressures have contributed to rollbacks of existing laws and policies in the areas of participation in decision-making as well as environmental and health protection rules. Since the proposal to introduce the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement in the late 1980s, CELA has been at the forefront of discussions and analysis of the environmental implications of international trade agreements. This work has frequently occurred in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Collected below are detailed and summary publications, articles and media releases providing commentary on issues and organizations including the proposed Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), the World Trade Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas, the Biosafety Protocol, the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union.

Media Releases

European and Canadian Civil Society Groups Call for Rejection of CETA
TPP will be toothless for environmental protection: study
Canada –EU Trade Deal Drastically Undermines Environmental Protection says Canadian Environmental Law Association
Excessive corporate rights in Canada-EU trade deal are unacceptable to broad section of European, Canadian and Quebec society
Over 80 European and Canadian Organizations Demand an End to Canada-EU Free-Trade Talks
Improve the Canadian and European Union Trade Agreement to Better Protect the Environment, Says Canadian Environmental Law Association
“Michelle’s Prize” – Scholarship Fund in Honour of Michelle Swenarchuk
Invitation to May 20th Environmental Briefing on the Canada - European Union Trade Agreement (CETA)
Make CETA an Election Issue!
Announcing "Michelle's Prize"
Canadians to Harper: Renegotiate NAFTA with Obama
CELA Calls for Removal of NAFTA “Expropriation” Provisions That Can Undermine Health and Environmental Policy

Publications

Intervenor Articles

CELA Annual Report, 2005 - excerpted article
Intervenor: Vol 23. No 3 July - September 1998
Intervenor: Vol 23. No 1 January - March 1998
Intervenor: Vol 23. No 4 October - December 1998
Intervenor: Vol 23. No 3 July - September 1998
Intervenor: Vol 23. No 3 July - September 1998
Intervenor: Vol 23. No 3 July - September 1998
Intervenor: Vol 24. No 3 July - September 1999
Intervenor: Vol 24. No 3 July - September 1999
Intervenor: Vol 24. No 3 July - September 1999
Intervenor: Vol 24. No 3 July - September 1999
Intervenor: Vol 24. No 4 October - December 1999
Intervenor: Vol 25. No 1 January - March 2000
Intervenor: Vol 25. No 3 & 4 July-December 2000
Intervenor: Vol. 26, no. 2-3, April - August 2001
Intervenor: Vol. 26, no. 2-3, April - August 2001
Intervenor: Vol. 26, no. 2-3, April - August 2001
Intervenor: vol. 26, no. 4 September - December 2001
Intervenor: vol. 26, no. 4 September - December 2001
Intervenor: vol. 27, no. 3 - 4, July - December 2002