Environment-led technical regulations

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Technical regulations designed to protect the environment might restrict international trade, and must therefore observe with the TBT to be WTO-lawful. The TBT ensures that technical regulations are not protectionist, ineffective, inefficient and irrational. Without interfering with WTO members’ environmental priorities and preferences, the TBT rewards convergence towards international standards and makes unilateralism inconvenient. Environmental regulations under the TBT expose some of its normative ambiguities and the slipperiness of some key notions. The discipline of environmental regulation challenges the difference between standards and regulations, the relevance of non-product related process and production methods, and questions what it means at all for a regulation to be “technical.”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrade and Environmental Law
EditorsPanagiotis Delimatsis, Leonie Reins
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781783476985
ISBN (Print)9781783476978
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameElgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • TBT
  • technical barriers to trade
  • environmental protection
  • WTO


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