International trade agreements are the tool to advance trade between countries. They do not provide for completely free trade but set the platform for the conditions governing the global exchange of goods and services. While governments conclude trade agreements with the goal of increasing their citizens’ welfare, trade liberalization also comes with certain costs. The key question today is how to handle those costs and make international trade liberalization more sustainable
Johanna Jacobsson is a lawyer specialized in international economic law. Her fields of expertise are international trade law (especially preferential trade agreements, services trade and digital trade) and the EU’s internal market law and external trade relations. Johanna’s current research interests lie especially in the effects of technology and digitisation on international trade and business.
Johanna holds a PhD in European and international law from the European University Institute, Florence (2016). She has previously acted as a law clerk at the Court of Justice of the European Union and been a visiting researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. She has also practiced law in a commercial law firm and is a regular visiting lecturer at several universities.