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Working paper

Greening the WTO's Disputes Settlement Understanding: Opportunities and Risks (WP 01/28)

Issue date: 
Saturday, 1 December 2001
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Current
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JEL classification: 
D72 - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
F18 - Trade and Environment
K32 - Environmental, Health, and Safety Law

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It is reasonable to ask whether the WTO's rules may hamper the ability of national and sub-national governments to be genuine pacesetters in environmental law making.

Abstract

It is reasonable to ask whether the WTO's rules may hamper the ability of national and sub-national governments to be genuine pacesetters in environmental law making.

Environmentalists consider that the WTO's disputes panels may encourage governments to converge to the relevant international standard for a particular risk regulation because such uniformity is likely to reduce the incidence of trade disputes.

Proposals that go beyond environmental advocacy and greater transparency in the WTO's disputes settlement process-changes such as a weakening of the sound science requirement and incorporating stronger forms of the precautionary principle into WTO agreements on biosecurity laws-reduce due process safeguards against disguised regulatory protectionism in New Zealand's agricultural export markets.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2007