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Written on 21 Jun 2021

Bennett Institute Leverhulme Visiting Professor recrafts global economic rulebook for sustainable development

Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger has published a major new book, Crafting Trade and Investment Accords for Sustainable Development: Athena’s Treaties.

As countries and communities seek to recover from the global pandemic and reopen the world economy, the new book ‘Crafting Trade and Investment Accords for Sustainable Development: Athena’s Treaties’ by Prof Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Bennett Institute Visiting Professor, examines the measures being debated by the World Trade Organization and adopted by States in a selection drawn from over three hundred and fifty regional and bilateral trade and investment accords.  

With legal examples spanning decades of experimentation and experience, Prof Cordonier Segger illuminates the ways States and stakeholders are seeking innovative ways to integrate environmental and social considerations into trade and investment agreements. Through this ground-breaking systematic approach, she considers how international trade and investment law can contribute powerfully to the achievement of the world's Sustainable Development Goals.  

The book was launched during the recent Leverhulme Lecture on Crafting Trade and Investment Agreements for Sustainable Development, introduced by Prof Diane Coyle, Bennett Institute, and delivered by Prof Cordonier Segger.  

Says the author: "International economic law and policy guides and shapes globalisation, and any possibility of a sustainable economic recovery from the pandemic, and the future of our world. The rules which facilitate trade and investment could defend the interests of Hermes, Greek god of commerce and thieves, or learn to draw inspiration from Athena, goddess of justice, wisdom, and crafts."

Watch Leverhulme Lecture: Crafting Trade and Investment Agreements for Sustainable Development

View Leverhulme Lecture presentation slides.