Reaching Out for Green Policies. National Environmental Policies in the WTO Legal Order

31 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2014 Last revised: 1 Apr 2014

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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: February 1, 2014

Abstract

The WTO does not squarely address the issue of jurisdictional ambit of national policies (affecting trade). And yet, absent some agreement as to what trading nations can and cannot do, the WTO loses much of its effectiveness. In the absence of explicit regulation of the issue in the WTO contract, one would reasonably expect WTO Members to behave in line with the postulates governing allocation of jurisdiction embedded in public international law. WTO practice evidences neither an explicit acceptance nor a refusal of these rules.

Keywords: WTO; Environment; Jurisdiction

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Mavroidis, Petros C., Reaching Out for Green Policies. National Environmental Policies in the WTO Legal Order (February 1, 2014). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. 2014/21; Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 474. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2397266 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2397266

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