From the EU's perspective, the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is the pinnacle of its 'good' global actorness in climate and trade. From the perspective of international law, however, it appears that the EU is rather walking a tightrope. The EU's initiative to find a balance between legal norms at the climate-trade nexus arguably propels it as a leader on 'good' global governance in either field. Controversially, however, the CBAM challenges core legal principles within jurisdictional doctrine, international climate law and WTO law. Its relation to these principles compels a comprehensive and convincing justification. For the EU to be considered a 'good' global actor in climate and trade, it would have to foster mutual understanding not only between the legal orders on climate and trade, but also between EU law and international law.
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