The WTO, Tuna and Dolphins: Has the Environment Lost Another Battle?
Delhi Law Review, Volume 31: 2012
Posted: 13 Jul 2015 Last revised: 14 Jul 2015
Date Written: December 10, 2012
On 13 June 2012 the World Trade Organisation (WTO) adopted a report issued by its Appellate Body ruling that United States rules regarding the labeling of tuna products needed to be brought into compliance with global trade rules. It marked the conclusion of another phase in a dispute that had been raised under the GATT and one that has been simmering for more than 20 years. However, the case is also interesting in that arguments were raised directly relating to privileges under the GATT 1994 and under the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement. This made the case a test in relation to the handling of trade and environment concerns through a dispute process in the WTO relating to the TBT Agreement.
Keywords: WTO, GATT, Technical Barriers to Trade, India, Trade Law
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