10 Mar 2020
Seminars, 17:00 - 19:00, Silva Casa Auditorium

Global Economic Governance Seminar Series: The Trade and ... Debate Today

By Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Counsellor, WTO Secretariat, and Associate Professor, University of Geneva

*Please take note that this lecture will be delivered via video.

In this lecture, we will discuss the differences and similarities in addressing various non-trade concerns in the context of international trade, and examine and how the WTO has responded to the various trade and … issues. I will argue that, through an new consideration of PPMs (process and production methods) and other regulatory distinctions, and more holistic interpretation of the WTO, the AB was able to recognized that absent protectionism, a trade restriction based on legitimate non-trade concerns will generally comply with WTO law. Moreover, in leaving Members with the necessary flexibility to favour non-WTO or non-trade concerns, the WTO also recognizes the specialization, expertise and importance of other international organizations.  The jurisprudence of the WTO Appellate Body on the balance between trade and non-concern is one of its greatest successes, and supports the harmonious interpretation and application of international law. 

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