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FY 2010/2011 Research Topic: 4-32
Trade and Environment: For Sustainable Development of Developing Countries


In recent years two factors have complicated the discussion on trade and environment. One is addition of the concept of sustainable development, and the concern is that some national laws on environmental protection in developed countries impede the economic development of developing countries. The other is the proliferation of bilateral FTAs/EPAs as a means to promote free trade. Some FTAs, which have their own various environmental provisions, force countries to face complex situations in which they must manage several environmental commitments at the same time.

Under these circumstances, the trade-environment discourse has entered a new phase. Considerable attention is given to the design of regimes which can achieve sustainable development in developing countries while adjusting promotion of free trade and environmental protection. Due to the variety of research fields and approaches to the trade-environment interface, it is necessary to find out what and how one should examine as the first step for future substantive and intensive research. In order to establish the points for argument, this study starts with exploring the policies and existing institutions to delineate the problems that developing countries are faced with.


April 2010-March 2011

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] YANAI Akiko
[ Co-researchers ] MICHIDA Etsuyo
KOJIMA Michikazu


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