Trade and climate change


This project considers the climate change consequences of international trade and identifies the necessity of utilizing the new generation free trade agreements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Project background and aims

Climate change is one of the most pressing and complex problems that our planet is facing presently. International trade has become an increasingly noticeable source of greenhouse gas emissions. Trade is predicted to continue to grow considerably in the future. Its projected trajectory will in tandem accelerate carbon dioxide and other GHG emissions. As free trade agreements are being increasingly negotiated throughout the world, the questions of whether and how these agreements can be utilised to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of stabilising global warming to well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, warrant more and more attention.


The project will draw on the existing empirical studies and literature and rely on a variety of other primary and secondary sources.


  • Jadranka Petrovic, ‘Alleviating the Effects of Greenhouse Gas Emissions’ Journal of Business Law [forthcoming].
  • Jadranka Petrovic, ‘A Tad on the Intersection between Climate Change and Free Trade Agreements’ (November 2018) ILA Reporter,
  • Jadranka Petrovic, ‘Free Trade Agreements and the Environment’, The Just Transition towards Low-Carbon Economy Conference, Edinburgh, UK, March 2018.
  • Jadranka Petrovic, ‘The CPTPP and Its Implications for the Australian Environment’, International Law Association (ILA) Conference, Sydney, Australia, August 2018.