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Going from One Extreme to the Other: Food Security and Export Restrictions in the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement


Giovanni Gruni


University of Oxford

September 4, 2013

19 European Law Journal (2013)

Abstract:     
Between 2007 and 2008, the price of several basic food products spiked suddenly, leaving millions of people without economic access to sufficient food. During the crisis, World Trade Organization (WTO) law was unable to avoid that the use of export restrictions by influential exporting countries jeopardizes food security in vulnerable states. A recent trade agreement between the EU and a group of Caribbean countries includes innovative clauses that prohibit export restrictions altogether. This article argues that the prohibition to use export restrictions contained in this agreement is an excessively restrictive solution that does not solve the problems that emerged during the global food crisis. The article concludes with a reflection on the limits of WTO law and the trade policy of the EU with regard to the improvement of food security in vulnerable countries.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: food crisis, trade law, export restrictions, food, food security, EU, economic partnership agreement, CARIFORUM, Caribbean, European Union, raw materials, WTO, Agreement on Agriculture, right to food

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Date posted: September 17, 2013  

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Gruni, Giovanni, Going from One Extreme to the Other: Food Security and Export Restrictions in the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement (September 4, 2013). 19 European Law Journal (2013) . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2327053

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Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
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