January 22, 2007

CEC invites proposals for papers on service sector trade/environment issues

The Commission for Environmental Co-operation (CEC) is seeking papers examining trade and environment issues related to the services sector in North America. The final papers are to be presented by the authors at the fourth North American Symposium on Assessing the Environmental Effects of Trade, to be held in the spring/summer of 2008. Researchers from academia, government, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and civil society are invited to submit proposals, in English, French or Spanish, by February 1, 2007.

The proposals should include a general description of the issues the paper will address, specific hypotheses to be tested, how they relate to trade, and a thorough description of methodologies and data sources, as well as a short rationale.

Paper topics may address any service sector. However, the CEC will consider only proposals that test hypotheses using robust empirical or legal analyses, or that employ new methodologies seeking to answer the questions posed in the defined thematic areas.

As an organization charged with monitoring the effects of free trade on the environment, the CEC seeks to examine:

*the extent to which liberalization of the services sector under NAFTA has changed environmental conditions, or policy, within investment-receiving NAFTA countries;

*the types of policies and regulations that have or have not succeeded in alleviating negative environmental impacts, or enhancing positive ones, associated with the liberalization of trade in services; and

*the extent to which NAFTA rules and institutions have supported or impeded the pursuit of policies to affect environmental impacts due to the liberalization of trade in services.

A detailed public call for papers for the Fourth North American Symposium on Assessing the Environmental Effects of Trade may be viewed on the CEC Web site, www.cec.org/symposium. Inquiries and/or proposal submissions should be sent by E-mail to Chantal Line Carpentier, clcarpentier@cec.org, with copies to Catherine Mercier, cmercier@cec.org, and Esther Maria Carrillo, emcarrillo@cec.org, using the subject heading "Symposium 2008 Paper."

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