International regulatory cooperation and the public good

How “good regulatory practices” in trade agreements erode protections for the environment, public health, workers and consumers

The EU's Trade Agreement with Canada (CETA) is the first EU agreement to include a comprehensive chapter on regulatory cooperation. Critical voices warn that regulatory cooperation is a gateway to deregulation and lowering environmental and consumer protection standards. Will CETA become a blueprint for future agreements?

This study provides a comprehensive overview of the complex issue of regulatory cooperation - from the origins to the concrete experiences of regulatory cooperation in North America under the NAFTA agreement and the design and risks of regulatory cooperation in the CETA agreement.