02 February 2023, 14:00 - 15:30
Open to the public
This event is free to attend

As recognition of the urgency of climate action increases, debate is growing on the need to spur a paradigm shift to support sustainability in the international trading system.

Moreover, critical gaps remain in how the links between trade, finance and climate action can be more ambitious and better promote a just transition and climate-resilient development.

Under the auspices of the Aligning Climate and Economic Governance (ACEGOV), the UWI/SRC Lunch Time Chat seminar series, the Forum on Trade, Environment and the Sustainable Development Goals (TESS), and the Remaking Global Trade for a Sustainable Future Project, this 1.5-hour webinar will bring together leading scholars and practitioners to discuss critical themes in this field. 

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Welcome and introductory remarks; introduction of panel

(big picture framing)

Professor Thomas Hale (moderator)

(Professor of Global Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford)


Reforming the world trading system: intellectual framing of the Project and its importance for the Global South

Professor Dan Esty

Hillhouse Professor at Yale University, Centre for Environmental Law and Policy (Founder/Lead on the Remaking Trade for Sustainability Project)


Regional perspective: Africa

Dr Kennedy Mbeva

(Postdoctoral Research Associate, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford)


Regional perspective: Caribbean

Dr Jan Yves Remy

(Director of the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services (SRC) of University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados / Policy Director, Remaking Trade for Sustainability Project


Multilateral perspectives: WTO; wider trade finance issues

Dr Carolyn Deere Birkbeck

(Director, Forum on Trade, Environmental Sustainability and the SDGs (TESS))


Revisiting the bargain between developing and developed countries

Professor Joel Trachtman

(Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Founder/Lead on the Remaking Trade for Sustainability Project))


Q&A session



Conclusion and closing remarks

Professor Thomas Hale

(Close and talk about the upcoming workshop in Barbados)