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Sustainable development needs to be understood as the meta-objective of both the international climate regime and the international trade regime of the world trade organization (WTO). The most important aspect of sustainable development is integration. Integration in its legal sense means the simultaneous consideration of social, economic, and environmental aspects of a subject in a normative continuum. Due to the dynamism of the international climate system, it is difficult to mark the exact points of normative conflict with the WTO legal system. To give adequate weight to environmental concerns, a neutral balancing perspective is needed, where both environmental norms and international trade norms are equal and integrated parts. In the trade and environment nexus the most significant legal instrument in this regard is the principle of sustainable development, which seeks to link and balance environmental protection with economic and social interests and encompasses the concepts of intra- and intergenerational equity.

Keywords: international climate regime; international law; international trade regime; sustainable development

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