International Trade Agreements - Commentary

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.

CELA in the Courts - Oncomouse Decision Applauded

Intervenor: vol. 27, no. 3 - 4, July - December 2002

Title:The Cartagena Biosafety Protocol: Opportunities And Limitations
Resource Type:Report
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# of Pages:12
Date authored:February 2000
Publication number:385
Author/s:Michelle Swenarchuk
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association

 

Title:The NAFTA Investment Chapter: Extreme Corporate Rights. Investment in Developing Countries: Meeting the Human Rights Challenge
Resource Type:Presentation
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# of Pages:9
Date authored:June 11, 2003
Author/s:Michelle Swenarchuk
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:Civilizing Globalization: Trade and Environment, Thirteen Years On
Resource Type:Report
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# of Pages:22
Date authored:March 7, 2001
Publication number:399
Author/s:Michelle Swenarchuk
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association

 

Title:In Defence of Environmental Regulation: a summary
Resource Type:Report
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# of Pages:3
Date authored:August 1996
Author/s:Michelle Swenarchuk, Paul Muldoon
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:General Agreement on Trade in Services: Negotiations Concerning Domestic Regulations under GATS Article VI(4)
Resource Type:Report
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# of Pages:7
Date authored:November 2000
Publication number:397
Author/s:Michelle Swenarchuk
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association

 

Title:Comments to Joint Meeting of Toronto Policy and Finance and Works Committees and City Councillors regarding proposed change in governance of water services in relation to GATS
Resource Type:Response to Consultation
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# of Pages:6
Date authored:November 14, 2002
Author/s:Michelle Swenarchuk
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:From Global to Local: GATS Impacts on Canadian Municipalities
Resource Type:Report
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:42
Date authored:May 2002
Publication number:424
Author/s:Michelle Swenarchuk
Author Organization:Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:The Harvard Mouse and All That: Life Patents in Canada
Resource Type:Report
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:32
Date authored:October 2003
Author/s:Michelle Swenarchuk
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:Necessary Constraints on International Trade Rules: Prepared for the ILO World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization
Resource Type:Presentation
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# of Pages:8
Date authored:December 6, 2002
Publication number:435
Author/s:Michelle Swenarchuk
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
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