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Environmental And Other Policies In The Wto

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It seems important that the World Trade Organization (WTO) is committed to the goal of sustainable development. However, the policy goal of sustainable development is not written into any substantive obligations under any of the WTO Agreements. If WTO members wish to ensure protection of the environment and animal welfare in relation to trade, they can only do so to the extent these measures do not come into conflict with WTO law. If a WTO member enacts a measure that violates one of the substantive obligations under a WTO Agreement, other affected WTO members can challenge the measure, following the rules under the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU). The chapter also analyses consistency, stare decisis and precedential value in the WTO system.

Keywords: animal welfare; environmental policies; sustainable development; World Trade Organization (WTO)



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