Tackling Climate Change through Carbon Taxes under WTO Law

Symposium

Tackling Climate Change through Carbon Taxes under WTO Law

In recent years, carbon taxes have been a major source of discussion in the United States and around the world. Supporters contend that they offer an efficient way to simultaneously create incentives to emit less carbon dioxide and increase government revenue. Carbon taxes are often proposed alongside measures to ensure that the most affected domestic industries are not placed at a competitive disadvantage with respect to competitor producers operating in countries that have not imposed any restrictions or taxes on carbon usage. Can carbon taxes and associated measures be applied in a way that does not violate WTO law? Former WTO Appellate Body Member Professor Hillman will discuss these and related issues within the context of current global developments.

Presenter

  • The Honourable Jennifer Hillman