Academic journal article Law and Policy in International Business

Panel III A: Operation of the WTO and U.S. Policy Environmental Objectives: Presentation Summary and Comments

Academic journal article Law and Policy in International Business

Panel III A: Operation of the WTO and U.S. Policy Environmental Objectives: Presentation Summary and Comments

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Debbie Lamb: Lamb emphasized that, other than dispute settlement, the issue of trade and the environment requires more work than any other area under the WTO at this time. The critical question is whether the WTO can agree on the issues and then achieve consensus on how to address them. Although she considered trade and the environment to be a critical issue on which the long-term success of the WTO is dependent in part, Lamb disagreed with Schorr that the trade agenda should be expanded to include a broad examination of issues outside of trade. Moreover, the vast majority of countries--130 of 135--agree with Lamb's approach over Schorr's. Nonetheless, Lamb concurred with Schorr that developing countries must be afforded a more meaningful role in the WTO, or any progress achieved on this issue will be limited.

QUESTION AND ANSWER SUMMARY: Schorr was asked to describe the World Wildlife Fund position on the Appellate Body Shrimp-Turtle decision. Schorr stated that, as a result of the decision, the door had been opened to recognizing the conditioning of imports on meeting domestic environmental standards. However, the weight of other decisions still is against providing for an appropriate balance between international trade rules and domestic environmental laws, and there is unfortunately no stare decisis in the WTO DSM system that would give this decision a more significant impact. …

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