Globalization and the Environment: Risk Assessment and the WTO

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Changing national regulations to meet international standards (as in the WTO) introduces non-economic risks (such as environmental damage) which need to be assessed and managed. Sixteen papers presented at the Melbourne Business School in February of 1999 discuss risk and the WTO, managing risk in policymaking, negotiating experience with risk, national risks and quarantine standards, and managing biotechnology. A sampling of topics includes applying SPS in WTO disputes, allowing for risk in setting standards, reducing chemical risks (OECD and lead), a business view of quarantine, and government regulations and genetically-modified organisms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840645385
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 288

Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and boxes
List of contributors
Preface and acknowledgements
Glossary and trade dispute cases
1 Introduction: accounting for risk in trade agreements 1
2 Risk and the WTO 15
3 Risk, the environment and MEAs 27
4 Risk management experience in WTO dispute settlement 41
5 Applying SPS in WTO disputes 63
6 Risk assessment and risk management in policymaking 81
7 Allowing for risk in setting standards 95
8 Public perceptions, risk communication and biotechnology 106
9 Accounting for risk in multilateral negotiations 119
10 Reducing chemical risks: OECD and lead 135
11 National risk management and the SPS agreement 155
12 Risk and protection for grains: analysis and quarantine 169
13 A business view of quarantine 182
14 Government regulations and genetically-modified organisms 191
15 GM foods and global trade 206
16 Trade and risk management: exploring the issues 229
Appendix 249
Index 253
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