Sultans of Swing? The Emerging WTO Case Law on TBT

European Journal of Risk Regulation, February 2013

7 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2013

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Carlo Maria Cantore

University of Antwerp

Petros C. Mavroidis

Columbia University - Law School; European University Institute - Department of Law (LAW); European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Following years of silence after EC-Sardines, three cases were adjudicated by Panels under the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) in 2011: US-Clove Cigarettes, US-Tuna II (Mexico), and US-COOL. These three cases dealt with key provisions of the Agreement, but the Panels adopted irreconcilable approaches. All three decisions were appealed before the Appellate Body (AB), but even the latter failed to apply a coherent methodology to adjudicate similar.

In Section II, we provide a brief account of the facts and the outcomes of the cases, whereas, in Section III we discuss the methodology applied by the WTO judiciary in the three cases.

Keywords: TBT, US-COOL, US-Clove Cigarettes, US-Tuna II

Suggested Citation

Cantore, Carlo Maria and Mavroidis, Petros C., Sultans of Swing? The Emerging WTO Case Law on TBT (2013). European Journal of Risk Regulation, February 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2237955

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