Leaked WTO Report on European Ban of Gmos Highlights Important Issues

3 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2006

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Tania Voon

University of Melbourne - Law School


On Feb. 7, a three-member panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a confidential interim report on the complaints of Canada, the U.S. and Argentina against the European Commission's alleged moratorium on approving products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) (European Communities - Measures Affecting the Approval and Marketing of Biotech products, WT/DS292, 291, 293). This long-awaited decision raises a range of critical issues in relation to WTO members' sovereignty in addressing health and environmental risks, the role of scientific evidence in domestic policymaking and potential conflicts between WTO law and other areas of public international law.

Keywords: WTO, EU, Canada, US, Argentina, GM foods, genetically modify, WTO member sovereignty, health risk, environmental risk

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Voon, Tania, Leaked WTO Report on European Ban of Gmos Highlights Important Issues. Lawyers Weekly, March 31, 2006; U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 146. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=906541

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