Bacchus, a former U.S. congressman and former chair of the appeals court of the World Trade Organization, is a strong advocate for international law, which he views as necessary for sustained global economic growth. In this book, he champions free foreign trade and free foreign investment, as long as they are subject to international rules and the right institutions are set up to settle inevitable disputes. He argues that the rules should be formulated to ensure sustainability and suggests that they should accord with the un’s Sustainable Development Goals, which set global targets for social and economic development by 2030. He also makes a persuasive case that international policies to address environmental issues, including both the global problem of climate change and more local ones, can boost economic growth rather than hurt it.
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