Rule-based decision making and its applicability to environmental-related trade disputes in the World Trade Organisation

Haddock-Fraser, Janet (2000) Rule-based decision making and its applicability to environmental-related trade disputes in the World Trade Organisation. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 2 (1). pp. 81-98. ISSN 1464-3332. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

How environmental-related trade disputes are handled within the WTO have become the subject of increasingly intense debate amongst environmentalists. This paper considers whether the process used in dispute settlement is appropriate for environmental-related cases, given their complex nature. The paper looks at the adequacy of the current approach in terms of the extent to which dispute decisions can be seen to meet the main WTO objectives of maximisation of economic welfare — a concept that requires recognition of social and environmental costs and values. The author suggests an alternative approach, using a comprehensive data analysis framework, and shows that such an approach is not in evidence currently. While such an approach is considered as a conceptually ideal method for analysis, a number of practical limitations to its implementation are noted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: trade, decision-making, environment, data analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences
K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Janet Haddock-Fraser
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2009 08:24
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2014 15:07
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/9162 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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