The NAFTA Environmental Dispute Settlement System as Prototype for Regional Integration Arrangements

Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1993

27 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2012

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Frederick M. Abbott

Florida State University - College of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2012

Abstract

This article addresses NAFTA's environment-related dispute settlement mechanisms and how these might serve as a prototype for other regional integration efforts. The article focuses on a few critical issues with respect to NAFTA's environment-related dispute mechanisms. These are: (1) whether NAFTA's dispute settlement mechanisms are adequate for their purpose and therefore suitable for extension to the contemplated expansion of NAFTA throughout the Western Hemisphere; (2) how NAFTA's separate regional dispute settlement system will interface with the new World Trade Organization (WTO) multilateral dispute settlement mechanism as both relate to environmental issues, and; (3) how the NAFTA and European Union dispute resolution models may be comparatively evaluated for application to other regional arrangements.

Keywords: NAFTA, environmental protection, dispute settlement, comparative law, European Union

JEL Classification: F15, K32, K33, L52, O51, O52

Suggested Citation

Abbott, Frederick M., The NAFTA Environmental Dispute Settlement System as Prototype for Regional Integration Arrangements (January 1, 2012). Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1993, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1978276

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