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Contingent Protection Measures and the Management of the Softwood Lumber Trade in North America


  • Froese, Marc D.


This article examines CanadaÂ’s softwood lumber dispute with the United States in the context of new juridical models of international dispute settlement and an evolving trade policy environment in North America. Two questions are of central importance to this study. First, what does the rise of contingent protection measures mean for CanadaÂ’s regulatory model? Strong antidumping legislation has created a new order of trade conflict at a time when intrasectoral competition has increased state support in a number of sectors. Second, how do American antidumping trade remedy measures come to bear in this dispute? In the softwood case, dispute settlement has been less effective because Canada, as the smaller economy, faces the challenge of enforcing panel decisions when the respondent has the power to avoid compliance.

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  • Froese, Marc D., 2006. "Contingent Protection Measures and the Management of the Softwood Lumber Trade in North America," Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade, vol. 7(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ecjilt:23844

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    1. Araújo, José Tavares de & Macario, Carla & Steinfatt, Karsten, 2001. "Antidumping in the Americas," Comercio Internacional 12, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
    2. Dan Ciuriak, 2005. "Anti-dumping at 100 Years and Counting: A Canadian Perspective," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 28(5), pages 641-649, May.
    3. Bruce A. Blonigen & Thomas J. Prusa, 2001. "Antidumping," NBER Working Papers 8398, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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