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  • Page extent: 348 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.606 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 344.04/7
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: K3663 .T68 2006
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Product safety--Law and legislation
    • Hazardous substances--Law and legislation
    • Public health laws
    • Foreign trade regulation

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521855280 | ISBN-10: 0521855284)

DOI: 10.2277/0521855284

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First published in 2006, this book gathers papers from distinguished experts discussing how health-based trade-restrictive measures have fared in WTO case law. With an analysis of applicable primary law (GATT, TBT, and SPS) and all case law in the area of trade and health, this book offers a comprehensive discussion on the standards established for the regulation of public health and safety issues. Experts in the field answer two important questions: how can a country which is a member of the WTO define its policy on health issues; and what are the WTO constraints on the exercise of health policy, if any? The various contributions in this volume aim to demonstrate how the world trading regime has come of age and accepted that trade liberalization cannot take place at the expense of nationally defined social values.

• Experts on various disciplines discuss trade and health policies as regards WTO Case law • The first volume in the Columbia Law School series on The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization • A comprehensive discussion of the constraints that the WTO agreement imposes on national health policies


1. A map of the WTO Law of Domestic Regulation of Goods Gabrielle Marceau and Joel Trachtman; 2. The WTO impact on internal regulations - a case study of the Canada–EC Asbestos Dispute Robert Howse and Elizabeth Turk; 3. Reflections on the Appellate Body decision in the Hormones Case and the meaning of the SPS Agreement William J. Davey; 4. The Salmon Case: evolution of balancing mechanisms for non-trade values in WTO Frank Garcia; 5. Lotus Eaters: reflections on the varietals dispute, the SPS Agreement and WTO Dispute Resolution Jeffrey L. Dunoff; 6. Regulatory purpose and 'like products' in Article III:4 of the GATT (with additional remarks on Article III:2) Don Regan; 7. The WTO standard of review in Health and Safety Disputes David Palmeter; 8. Expert advice in WTO dispute in Dispute Settlement Joost Puawelyn; 9. Domestic regulation, sovereignty and scientific evidence requirements: a pessimistic view Alan Sykes; 10. Time for a United Nations 'global compact' for integrating human rights into the law of worldwide organizations: lessons from European integration law for global integration law Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann.


Gabrielle Marceau, Joel Trachtman, Robert Howse, Elisabeth Turk, William J. Davey, Frank Garcia, Jeffrey L. Dunoff, David Palmeter, Sidley Austin, Alan Sykes, Joost Pauwelyn, Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann

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