Multilateral Environmental Agreements in the WTO: Silence Speaks Volumes
AbstractThis study contributes to the debate concerning the appropriate role of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) in in WTO dispute settlement. Its distinguishing feature is that it seeks to address this relationship in light of the reason why the parties have chosen to separate their obligations into two bodies of law without providing an explicit nexus between them. The basic conclusion is that legislators’ silence concerning this relationship should speak volumes to WTO adjudicating bodies: MEAs should not be automatically understood as imposing legally binding obligations on WTO Members, but could be used as sources of factual information.
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Date of creation: 07 Oct 2013
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settlement; Environmental agreements; WTO; Dispute;
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- F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
- K32 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Environmental, Health, and Safety Law
- K33 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - International Law
- Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
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- NEP-ALL-2013-10-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENV-2013-10-25 (Environmental Economics)
- NEP-LAW-2013-10-25 (Law & Economics)
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