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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the second part of this book, which investigate some points of interaction between climate measures and trade rules. The authors claim is that even where traditional world trade organization (WTO) law and existing jurisprudence indicate that a climate measure violates substantive WTO rules, this is not necessarily the end of the legal quest. Further legal arguments based on the application of general principles, such as the principle of sustainable development, are available that provide for an adequate solution where common interests are at stake. The part first introduces theoretical approaches to defining a conflict of substantive law, then examining some potential conflicts between WTO rules and regulation in pursuance of the international climate regime.

Keywords: international climate regime; sustainable development; world trade organization (WTO) law

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