Rachel Thrasher

Rachel Thrasher


JD, Boston University
MA International Relations, Boston University


Rachel Thrasher received a JD and a master’s degree in international relations, both from Boston University. She works on policy issues related to trade and investment agreements, policy space for development, intellectual property and access to medicines and the climate impacts of trade and investment treaties. She has taught courses on trade and development, international law and international trade law. Thrasher is also author of a forthcoming book, Constraining Development: The Shrinking of Policy Space in the International Trade Regime. She currently teaches International Trade Regulation at the Boston University School of Law.


International Economic Law and Climate Change (S): LAW JD 748

3 credits

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of how international environmental commitments and international economic commitments fit together within the global economic governance architecture. Students will explore the history of today's international climate movement, beginning with the 1992 Earth Summit (Rio) and covering the most recent commitments made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. They will explore the parallel way in which international trade and investment commitments have intensified during that time period, and the course will layout the various efforts by global leaders to harmonize the two (economic and environmental) regimes. The course includes topics such as (1) environmental disputes at the World Trade Organization, (2) investor-state dispute settlement targeting environmental and climate policies, (3) efforts at the bilateral, regional and mega-regional level to incorporate environmental commitments into free trade agreements, (4) unilateral efforts by the EU and the US to promote climate-friendly policy-making worldwide and (5) developing country perspectives in the "just transition" movement. By the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the points of harmony and tension between these two regimes and will have thought critically and creatively about the ways forward. UPPER-CLASS WRITING REQUIREMENT: A limited number of students may use this class to satisfy the requirement. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2023: LAW JD 748 A1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 Rachel Thrasher LAW 702