Trade and the Environment: Fundamental Issues in International and WTO Law

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The relevance of the WTO legal system for environmental protection is a central topic in general international law, WTO law and international environmental law. The relationship between WTO law and international and domestic efforts to protect the environment has moved to centre stage in WTO and international environmental law. It has also spurred the discussion on fragmentation in international law in recent years.

This book analyzes these issues by examining the 'horizontal' ...

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Overview

The relevance of the WTO legal system for environmental protection is a central topic in general international law, WTO law and international environmental law. The relationship between WTO law and international and domestic efforts to protect the environment has moved to centre stage in WTO and international environmental law. It has also spurred the discussion on fragmentation in international law in recent years.

This book analyzes these issues by examining the 'horizontal' interaction between WTO law and 'other' international law, the 'vertical' relationship between WTO law and domestic law, and the contents and the interrelations between fundamental provisions of WTO law. This study relies on established insights from legal theory in order to achieve greater clarity in legal argumentation. The main results of this analysis are applied to two topical instances of international regime interplay, namely the relevance of WTO law for international and domestic measures protecting the earth's climate and the ozone layer.

A series of controversial topics in WTO and general international law are addressed in this book, including the notion of conflicts of norms, and the resolution of conflicts of norms; the role of international law in WTO proceedings; extraterritorial jurisdiction and unilateral trade measures; proportionality and balancing of interests in international and WTO law; the core disciplines of the GATT and the TBT Agreement; process and production-based measures (PPMs) in WTO law; climate protection, protection of the ozone layer, and WTO disciplines.

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"This book is certainly a valuable contribution on the topic of trade and environment which can be used also comparatively for other trade-related conflicts in international law."
— D. Xenos, European Review of Public Law
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199562787
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Series: International Economic Law Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 4.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Erich Vranes has studied law at the Universities of Graz, Lausanne and Geneva. He is associate professor for international law, EU law and international economic law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. His publications range from general international law and WTO law to EU law and legal theory.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Issues in General International Law and Legal Theory: Conflicts Of Norms and Related Problems
1: The Definition of 'Conflicts of Norms'
2: The Principles of Conflict Resolution
3: The Role of International Law Conflicting with WTO Law in WTO Proceedings
Part II: Further Issues in General International Law and Legal Theory: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, Unilateralism and Proportionality
1: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
2: 'Unilateralism' in the Trade and Environment Context
Part III: Fundamental Issues in WTO Law
1: Non-Discrimination and Justification in the GATT
2: The Trade Disciplines Arising under the TBT Agreement
3: Processes and Production Methods: A Special Case under the GATT and the TBT Agreement?
Part IV: Case Study: Trade, Ozone and Climate Protection
1: Ozone Protection and WTO Law
2: Climate Protection and WTO Law
Introduction
Issues in General international Law and Legal Theory: Conflicts Of Norms and Related Problems
1. The Definition of 'Conflicts of Norms'
2. The Principles of Conflict Resolution
3. The Role of International Law Conflicting with WTO law in WTO Proceedings
Further Issues in General International Law and Legal Theory: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, Unilaterlism and Proportionality
4. Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
5. 'Unilateralism' in the Trade and Environment Context
Fundamental Issues in WTO Law
6. Non-Discrimination and Justification in the GATT
7. The Trade Disciplines Arising under the TBT Agreement
8. Processes and Production Methods: A Special Case under the GATT and the TBT Agreement?
Case Study: Trade, Ozone and Climate Protection
9. Ozone Protection and WTO Law
10. Climate Protection and WTO Law

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