China-Raw Materials: WTO Rules on Chinese Natural Resources Export Dispute
ASIL Insights, Vol. 16, No. 21, June 19, 2012
6 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 19, 2012
In February 2012, the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) adopted the Appellate Body and panel reports on the China — Raw Materials dispute brought by the EU, Mexico, and the United States against Chinese export restrictions and export taxes on bauxite, coke, fluorspar, magnesium, manganese, silicon carbide, silicon metal, yellow phosphorus, and zinc. The decisions offer some first impressions on the intersection between WTO law, a WTO member government’s ability to regulate trade in its natural resources, and public international law norms regarding sovereignty of natural resources.
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