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EC – Seal Products: Seals and Sensibilities (TBT Aspects of the Panel and Appellate Body Reports)

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  • Philip I. Levy
  • Donald H. Regan

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The EC-Seals case stemmed from complaints by Canada and Norway against European Union regulations that effectively banned the importation and marketing of seal products from those countries. The EU said it had responded to European moral outrage at the killing of seals. Canada and Norway challenged the regime under various provisions of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement and the GATT. This analysis looks primarily at the WTO panel decision and considers issues such as whether there is any bright line to be drawn between legitimate and illegitimate purposes in regulation and the proper legal meaning of a “technical regulation.”

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  • Philip I. Levy & Donald H. Regan, 2014. "EC – Seal Products: Seals and Sensibilities (TBT Aspects of the Panel and Appellate Body Reports)," RSCAS Working Papers 2014/108, European University Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:rsc:rsceui:2014/108
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    Cited by:

    1. Bown, Chad P. & Crowley, Meredith A, 2016. "The Empirical Landscape of Trade Policy," CEPR Discussion Papers 11216, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    2. Sonntag, Winnie & Spiller, Achim, 2016. "Prozessqualitäten in der WTO: Ein Vorschlag für die reliable Messung von moralischen Bedenken," DARE Discussion Papers 1603, Georg-August University of Göttingen, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (DARE).

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    Keywords

    TBT; TBT 2.1; Technical Regulation; EC - Seal Products; Public Morals and Trade; Even-handedness;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F5 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy
    • K2 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law

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