Summary: Legal Options for a Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement

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Date period
18 December 2012

This sheet is a Q&A based summary of the issues paper “Legal Options for a Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement” by Matthew Kennedy, produced by ICTSD, in collaboration with the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Global Green Growth Institute.

The issue paper analyzes the existing legal frameworks within which a possible Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement could be negotiated to address energy-related trade governance and the resulting legal challenges and opportunities. It looks at a number of options under which a SETA could be given legal shape within and outside the WTO and assesses the pros and cons of the various approaches. In addition, it touches on a number of important considerations, such as the negotiating procedures, issues of accession, relationship to existing WTO rules and obligations and dispute settlement.