FTAs, Values and ESG

How is ESG impacting global trade relations?

This podcast episode was recorded on 17 June 2022.


Rem Korteweg, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute


Emily Rees, Senior Fellow at ECIPE and Managing Director at Trade Strategies

Marie Kasperek, Executive Director of the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) at Georgetown University Law

Vasuki Shastry, Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House

The 2022 edition of the AIG Global Trade Series explores the competition and connectedness that characterise the current trade landscape.

In this podcast, Rem Korteweg (Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute) is joined by Emily Rees (Senior Fellow at ECIPE and Managing Director at Trade Strategies); Marie Kasperek (Executive Director of the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) at Georgetown University Law); and Vasuki Shastry (Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House). Listen as they discuss the normative side of trade: Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Values and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria.

ESG plays an increasingly important role in bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. As geopolitics continues to impact the global trade landscape, there is an increasing US and EU focus on developing a values-based trade agenda. How is the introduction of ESG criteria impacting global trade relations? And what role do values play in shaping contemporary trade ties?

The Global Trade Series is a collaboration between AIG and the following international organizations with leading expertise on global trade: Chatham House (UK); the Clingendael Institute (The Netherlands); Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University Law Center (US); the International Chamber of Commerce (UK and France); the Italian Institute for International Political Studies; the Jacques Delors Institute (France); the Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry (Japan) and the St. Gallen Endowment for Prosperity through Trade (Switzerland).

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