International Trade Regulation

From Fragmentation to Coherence

NCCR Trade Regulation aims to clarify how the world trading system functions and to explore the drivers of fragmentation and coherence. Implications of the debt crisis, the ascendance of emerging economies and a proliferation of preferential trade agreements serve as the backdrop for this NCCR’s third research phase. While multilateralism remains crucial to bringing about greater coherence among policy areas, fragmentation is increasing in a more complex regulatory environment.


This NCCR aims to offer policy recommendations based on the disciplines of law, economics and political science through its six thematic research areas: trade governance; new preferentialism in trade; innovation and creativity in international trade; trade, development and migration; trade and climate change; and impact assessment in international trade regulation.


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