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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the third part of this book, which attempts to show that the principle of sustainable development as a principle of integration has both procedural and substantive elements that allow for reconciling diverse interests, given that the inherent hierarchy of values embedded in the principle is taken into account. In turn, the following matters are examined: first, whether and why there is a need for the principle of sustainable development to be employed, second, why the principle could or even must be applied to disputes arising under the world trade organization (WTO) law that involve measures that aim at protecting collective non-trade interests, and, third, which specific requirements the principle would pose to the solution of a trade dispute.

Keywords: sustainable development; world trade organization (WTO) law



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