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Trade and Environment: A Mutually Supportive Interpretation of WTO Agreements in Light of Multilateral Environmental Agreements

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posted on 2021-11-14, 03:36 authored by Stuart, Laura

This paper considers how the WTO can make better use of the principle of “mutual supportiveness” as an interpretative tool. It examines the success of the WTO in enhancing the relationship between trade and environment and between the WTO agreements and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs); compares the different interpretative approaches in the United States – Shrimp and EC –Biotech; and argues that a mutually supportive approach that allows consideration of MEAs that are not binding on WTO parties does not change the rights and obligations of WTO members.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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