Research Handbook on the WTO and Technical Barriers to Trade

Research Handbook on the WTO and Technical Barriers to Trade


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A relatively new frontier for legal and policy analysis, technical barriers to trade (TBT’s) have become more common as traditional border barriers have been reduced. This comprehensive Handbook comprises original essays by eminent trade scholars exploring the implications of the WTO’s TBT Agreement.

The TBT Agreement imposes disciplines on the manner in which WTO member countries adopt and maintain technical measures, recognizing the importance of such measures to advance legitimate domestic policy goals such as health, safety and environmental objectives, but also the potential for technical measures to constitute barriers to trade. The contributors to this volume provide an in-depth examination of the text of the Agreement and how the WTO’s dispute settlement system, the TBT Committee, WTO members, and other international organizations have engaged with and been affected by it.

The book’s comprehensive and accessible approach makes it a first point of reference for all trade law practitioners, policymakers and regulators. For scholars and students, the Handbook will prove essential reading for a deeper understanding of trade law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783470341
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 07/15/2015
Pages: 616
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Edited by Tracey Epps, Trade Law Consultant, Chapman Tripp, New Zealand and Michael J. Trebilcock, University Professor and Professor of Law, University of Toronto, Canada

Table of Contents



Michael J. Trebilcock

1. Introduction

Robert Howse

2. The TBT Agreement in Context

Arkady Kudryavtsev

3. Conformity Assessment Procedures

Arthur E. Appleton

4. Transparency Obligations under the TBT Agreement

Denise Prévost

5. Standard of Review in TBT Cases

Michael M. Du

6. Moving Out of the Shadows: Bringing Transparency to Standards and Regulations in the WTO’s TBT Committee

Petros C. Mavroidis and Erik N. Wijkström

7. International Standards

Markus Wagner

8. Mutual Recognition Agreements and Equivalence Agreements

Helen Churchman

9. The Limits of PTAs: WTO Legal Restrictions on the Use of WTO-Plus Technical Regulations in PTAs

Joel P. Trachtman

10. The TBT Agreement and Developing Countries

Graham Mayeda

11. Contemporary Problems of Climate Change and the TBT Agreement: Moving Beyond Eco-Labelling

Michael Cardwell and Fiona Smith

12. The REACH Regulation and the TBT Agreement: The Role of the TBT Committee in Regulatory Processes

Lukasz Gruszczynski

13. Consumer Information, Consumer Preferences and Product Labels under the TBT Agreement

Tania Voon, Andrew Mitchell and Catherine Gascoigne

14. The TBT Agreement and Private Standards

Alessandra Arcuri

15. Technical Barriers to Trade in Information and Communication Technologies

Branislav Hazucha

16. Conclusion

Tracey Epps


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