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Harmonization, Equivalence and Mutual Recognition of Standards: An Analysis from a Trade Law Perspective

ISBN13: 9789041136572
Published: June 2011
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £104.00

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Standards are a feature of virtually all areas of trade in products and services. Yet, although standards may achieve an efficient economic exchange, they have discriminatory consequences for trading partners when governments formulate or apply them in such a way as to cause obstacles to trade, thus enrolling standards among the increasingly significant ‘non-tariff barriers’ regulated by the WTO.

This unique and original study analyses the functions that standards fulfil in the market, their effect on trade, and the legal regime based on harmonization, equivalence and mutual recognition developed by the WTO to deal with standards.

The author investigates the way in which both the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures Agreements regulate these three tools, and discusses key topics including:-

  • The definition of the concept ‘International Standard’ in the TBT Agreement.
  • Guidelines on equivalence issued by organizations such as the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the World Organization for Animal Health and the International PlantProtection Convention.
  • Parallels between the EC mutual recognition regime and the WTO system.
This is the first work on its subject. With its detailed and practical analysis of WTO law on standards, the book is a fundamental reference for practitioners, academics and policy makers in international trade law.

International Trade
Chapter 1 Analysis of General Concepts and Definitions Chapter 2 Harmonization Chapter 3 Definition of the Concept ‘International Standard’
Chapter 4 Equivalence and Mutual Recognition: Legal and Regulatory Analysis Chapter 5 Equivalence and Mutual Recognition: The EC Case Conclusions Appendix Bibliography Table of Cases Index

Series: Global Trade Law

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Theories and Practices of Compliance with WTO Law ISBN 9789041132284
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Global Textiles and Clothing Trade: Trade Policy Perspectives ISBN 9789041138750
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Trade, Health, and the Burden of Proof in WTO Law ISBN 9789041138255
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India: Commercial Law, Customs and Taxation ISBN 9789041128362
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Regulation of Energy in International Trade Law: WTO, NAFTA and Energy Charter ISBN 9789041132642
Published July 2011
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Globalization and Animal Law: Comparative Law, International Law and International Trade ISBN 9789041133380
Published April 2011
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Legal Guide to GATS ISBN 9789041128249
Published November 2010
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Customs Law of East Asia ISBN 9789041133342
Published November 2010
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International Trade in Gambling Services ISBN 9789041132482
Published May 2010
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Mexico in the WTO: An Anatomy of its Participation in Dispute Proceedings ISBN 9789041131690
Published October 2009
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