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EnviReform: Strengthening Canada's Environmental Community through International Regime Reform:
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John Kirton is an Associate Professor of Political Science, a Fellow of Trinity College, Director of the G8 Research Group, and a Research Associate of the Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, where he leads a team of nine scholars and seven social partners on a project on "Strengthening Canada's Environmental Community through International Regime Reform (EnviReform)" He received his Ph. D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, his M. A. from Carleton University, and his B. A. from the University of Toronto, graduating with a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

He is the co-author of Environmental Regulations and Corporate Strategy: A NAFTA Perspective (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), Assessing the Environmental Effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): Final Analytic Framework and Methodological Issues and Empirical Background, (Montreal: Commission for Environmental Co-operation, 1999), NAFTA's Institutions: The Environmental Potential and Performance of the NAFTA Free Trade Commission and Related Bodies. (Montreal: Commission for Environmental Cooperation, 1997) and Building a Framework for Assessing NAFTA Effects, (1996). His 14 books include Trade and Environment: Economic, Legal and Policy Perspectives, (Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Pub., 1998), The Halifax Summit, Sustainable Development, and International Institutional Reform, (Ottawa: National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, 1995), Trade, Environment and Competitiveness: Sustaining Canada's Prosperity, (Ottawa: National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, 1992, 1993), and The International Joint Commission Seventy Years On (Toronto: Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, 1981). He has also dealt with trade and environment issues as co-editor of Guiding Global Order: G8 Governance in the Twenty-First Century, (in press), Shaping a New International Financial System: Challenges of Governance in a Globalizing World, (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2000), The G8's Role in the New Millennium, (Aldershot, UK; Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1999), and The North Pacific Triangle: United States, Japan and Canada at Century's End, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998).

His recent publications on trade-environment issues include: "Trade's Benefits and Costs for the United States and Foreign Environmental Quality," in Alan V. Deardorff & Robert M. Stern, eds. Social Dimensions of U.S. Trade Policies, (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000); "NAFTA, Environmental Regulations and International Business Strategies," Global Focus (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999); "The Dynamics of Transboundary Environmental Agreements in North America: Discussion of Preliminary Findings," in Richard Kiy & John D. Wirth, eds., Cooperation and Conflict, (Santa Fe: North American Institute, 1998); "Regional Environmental Impacts of NAFTA on the Automotive Sector," Canadian Journal of Regional Science (1998); "Multinational Enterprise Strategy and the NAFTA Trade and Environment Regime," Journal of World Business (1998); "The Impact of Environmental Regulations on the North American Auto Industry Since NAFTA," in The North American Auto industry Under NAFTA (Washington, DC: CSIS Press, 1998), "The Commission for Environmental Co-operation and Canada-US Environmental Governance in the NAFTA Era," American Review of Canadian Studies (1997); "Canadian Corporate Strategy in a North American Region," American Review of Canadian Studies (1997), and "NAFTA, Environmental Regulations and Canadian Competitiveness," Journal of World Trade (1997).

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