The Evolving Role of Sub-National Actors in International Economic Relations:
Lessons from the Canada-European Union CETA
Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (Vol 48) 2017
Posted: 25 Sep 2017
Date Written: September 22, 2017
Using the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) as a case study, this paper identifies and analyses evidence of shifting forms of cooperation observable in the design and negotiation of new styled (mega-regional) Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) springing up in the world trade and investment system. The analysis focuses on the different strategies adopted by Canada and the EU to engage their sub-national governments and civil societies in the CETA negotiation/ratification process, and the possible implications for future mega-regional trade agreements.
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