Terms of trade: environment

Lydgate, Emily (2018) Terms of trade: environment. In: Dingwerth, Klaus and Weinhardt, Clara (eds.) The Language of World Trade Politics: Unpacking the Terms of Trade. Routledge. (Accepted)

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Relevant WTO treaties state that trade liberalization and environmental protection are ‘mutually supportive’. Yet negotiations reveal more contentious discourses: that environmental regulation comprises ‘green protectionism’, or that environmental protection is a ‘non-trade’ issue. Mutual supportiveness does not contradict, but rather encompasses, these divisions. It maintains positive ambiguity: an assertion that there is no conflict between economic development and environmental protection, and also an aspiration yet to be achieved. While it implies a duty to seek good faith solutions in event of conflicts of laws or norms, it does not proscribe any precise obligation. Thus it circumscribes the WTO’s environmental ambitions.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Environment, Trade, WTO
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Sustainability Research Programme
Depositing User: Emily Lydgate
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 15:24
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 15:24
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/73430

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