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The central theme throughout this study is if and how the existing regulatory frameworks applicable to the cross-border waste trade can address and attempt to reconcile the diverging approaches. For this purpose, the study assesses the waste trade's implications from an international environmental, an international human rights and an international trade law perspective. The three main regulatory responses assessed in the study - the Basel Convention, the OECD Council Decision C(2001)107/FINAL and the European Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on Shipments of Wastes - do, however, frame their scope of application by referring either to a specific annex which enumerates waste management operations or includes a list with waste categories and/or hazardous characteristics. The current legal approaches to the international waste trade seem to perceive waste handling and management primarily as a communal service.

Keywords: legal frameworks; OECD Council Decision; sustainable international waste trade; waste management



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