Editorial - A new Dawn?

Volume
5,
Number
1
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6 April 2011
6 April 2011
As climate commitments give way to the nuts and bolts of implementing policy, trade, it appears, is taking a position at centre stage. Capitals are looking to boost the role of renewable energy in their bid to reduce carbon emissions, but some countries are calling foul and asking the WTO to act as...
6 April 2011
A climate protection policy already used widely all around the globe recently entered the stage of WTO dispute settlement. With Japan's challenge of a Canadian feed-in-tariff (FIT), the WTO might soon have to rule for the first time on a support policy for renewable power generation. With around 50...
6 April 2011
The spectre of global climate change, the depleatable nature of fossil fuels, and energy security have made the development of renewable energy technologies a critical priority for many nations. However, the mainstream commercialisation and deployment of these technologies is impeded by economic...
6 April 2011
While governments and trade experts continue to dispute whether current WTO law is sufficiently equipped to address government support of a "green economy," a WTO panel might soon have to apply these very rules to determine the legality of Chinese subsidies to its wind power manufacturers. In...
6 April 2011
In a couple of months, a WTO panel will issue a ruling on the ongoing ‘tuna dolphin' spat between the US and Mexico. The ruling could have important implications for the increasing number of disputes concerning technical and sanitary standards and labelling requirements. On 24 October 2008, Mexico...
6 April 2011
Proliferating private sector standards - with requirements that often go beyond or differ from those set by public bodies - are generating considerable interest and controversy among WTO members. Among questions being asked is whether private sector standards could be ‘imported' within the WTO, or...
6 April 2011
In the wake of the global economic crisis, the Chinese government has taken several measures to restrict the export of raw materials. For example, China now levies export duties from 5-15 percent on 110 raw materials. While export restrictions on rare earth metals used in the manufacture of many...
6 April 2011
This essay on governance of international trade for the Green Economy is the first in a series of articles exploring trade-related issues in the lead-up to the Rio+20 conference in 2012. In this context, Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, reflects on the means, as well as the limits...
6 April 2011
April 2011 7 April, Geneva, Switzerland. POLICY DIALOGUE ON THE GREEN ECONOMY . Organised by the Global Environmental Policy Programme (GEPP) of the University of Geneva and UNEP. 11-12 April, Geneva, Switzerland. FIFTY-SECOND SESSION OF THE TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT BOARD . Organised by the United...
6 April 2011
ICTSD Resources GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS, IN SITU CONSERVATION AND TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE . By Jorge Larson Guerra. Policy Brief 3. (February 2011). PUBLIC HEALTH RELATED TRIPS - PLUS PROVISIONS IN BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS . By Mohammed K El Said. (January 2011). STRUCTURAL CHANGE, GLOBAL...