The WTO seal products ruling and beyond

Volume
8,
Number
7
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2 September 2014
2 September 2014
In May the WTO’s highest court released its decision on a case brought by complainants Canada and Norway involving seal products, public morality, as well as Inuit and other indigenous communities. The Appellate Body found that the EU’s ban on imports of seal products could be justified under...
2 September 2014
The EU has been instructed by WTO judges to bring its Seal Regime in line with certain aspects of international trade law. This article reflects on what Brussels’ next move might be. The WTO Appellate Body in May upheld an earlier dispute settlement panel verdict that the EU’s import ban on seal...
2 September 2014
Some experts argue the seal products import ban case not only revealed the limits of the WTO’s GATT general exceptions clause but was also a missed opportunity for introducing greater legal coherence. The connection between international economic law and the rights of indigenous peoples,...
2 September 2014
The next round of talks towards clinching an Environmental Goods Agreement is scheduled for mid-September. This paper maps the landscape in which the negotiations are taking place and offers a preview of the road ahead. A group of 14 WTO members – counting the 28 member states of the EU as one – in...
2 September 2014
Trade-related issues have been included across the proposed SDGs. This article focuses on key places where the integrated framework brings trade or economic tools to bear on environmental challenges. UN working group tasked with developing a recommended list of sustainable development goals (SDGs)...
2 September 2014
WTO judges have found that China’s rare earths export restrictions cannot be justified as conservation measures. The WTO’s highest court confirmed in August that China’s export restrictions on various rare earths, as well as tungsten and molybdenum, are largely inconsistent with international trade...
2 September 2014
The international community is gearing up for several key climate meets in the coming months. The Obama Administration is reportedly looking at a number of alternative options to a legally binding international climate treaty. According to media sources, Washington may choose to go down the path of...
2 September 2014
EU lifts fish sanctions on Faroe Islands The EU confirmed in August that it had repealed sanctions adopted against the Faroe Islands in relation to a row over fish stock quotas and sustainable marine management. The move closed a dispute brought to the WTO in relation to the restrictions. On...
2 September 2014
From the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals: Learning the Lessons from the Trade Diagnostic Studies in the Pacific – ODI – June 2014 This paper by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) argues that Pacific island countries (PICs) have much to gain from a set of...