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Trade and sustainability: CETA dissected - 26 januari 2017

VMR Themamiddag in samenwerking met the Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF) en het Asser Instituut



The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a freshly negotiated EU-Canada treaty. The treaty has been signed by the EU and Canada on the 30th of October 2016. It liberalises trade in goods and services and contains measures to stimulate and protect investments.

Critics claim the treaty will weaken European consumer rights and that it might lead to environmental damage. Also, the treaty includes a controversial investor state dispute settlement mechanism that is feared to cause a regulatory chill effect. The EU claims that CETA forms the progressive standard for future trade agreements.

This meeting is organised together with the Haque Environmental Law Facility (HELF) to discuss the implications of CETA and future agreements like TTIP for governments’ possibilities to further sustainable trade and the question whether CETA sets the standard for future EU trade agreements, such as TTIP.

Several experts spoke about the contents of CETA, about the idea of Regulatory Cooperation, the Investment Court System and its potential Regulatory Chill effect.


- Introduction about CETA - Joris Larik, Leiden University and The Hague Institute of Global Justice

- Regulatory Cooperation - Ronald Roosdorp, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

- Investment Court System - Laurens Ankersmit, Client Earth

- Regulatory Chill - Wybe Douma, Asser Instituut

- Panel discussion with the lecturers, Alan Bowman (Deputy Head of Mission at the  Mission of Canada to the EU), and Nikos Lavranos (NL Investmentconsulting)


An introduction to CETA - Joris Larik, Leiden University

Regulatory cooperation - Ronald Roosdorp, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Investment Court System in CETA: constitutionality dissected - Laurens Ankersmit, Client Earth

Regulatory chill - Wybe Douma, Asser Institute



In this ELNI-Review you can find articles about CETA. ELNI/Review 2/2016.