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Transparency in the WTO SPS and TBT Agreements: The Real Jewel in the Crown


ISBN13: 9781108486453
To be Published: April 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00



Transparency of trade regulations by all WTO Members is essential for open, fair and predictable trade relations. A myriad of different regulations apply in all WTO Members and have the potential for affecting international trade. The Agreements on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures and on Technical Barriers to Trade provide the most comprehensive frameworks in the WTO to address the costs arising from such regulatory diversity, through obligations on regulatory transparency and co-operation. This book gives a detailed account of the legal disciplines of the two Agreements, an in-depth presentation of discussions between WTO Members, and an overview of the few cases that end up in formal dispute settlement. It shows that the strength of the WTO legal and institutional system goes well beyond its dispute settlement system, with transparency enabling implementation of WTO obligations through better information sharing and co-operation among Members themselves, through non-judicial means.

  • Provides a combination of legal analysis and empirical research about the SPS and TBT Agreements of the WTO
  • Brings light on an often under-studied aspect of WTO institutional framework, especially by law scholars
  • Draws links between practices of trade and regulatory communities

Subjects:
International Trade
Contents:
Introduction
Part I. Why The SPS And TBT Agreements? A Legal Discipline Favouring Regulatory Quality
1. Legal Discipline on Domestic Regulations in SPS and TBT Agreements: Finding a Balance Between Regulatory Autonomy and Free Trade
2. Chapter II: Transparency as a Core Discipline Under the SPS and TBT Agreements
3. Regulatory Co-operation Under the SPS and TBT Agreements
Part II. Regulatory Co-operation Under the SPS and TBT Agreements
4. The Steps in the Pyramid from Domestic Measures to Disputes
5. The Content of the Pyramid: What do Members Need to Know to Prevent Disputes From Rising?
Part III. Transparency as a Complement for Dispute Settlement: Information and Dialogue To Favour a Mutually Acceptable Solution
6. Chapter I: Transparency and Disputes: Where is the Difference?
7. The Challenge of Climbing the 'Pyramid' Leading Up to Disputes
8. The 'Transparency Staircase' to Climb the Dispute Settlement Pyramid
9. Is the Current Interaction Between Transparency and Dispute Settlement Optimal?
Conclusion

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