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Handbook of Trade Policy for Development$
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Arvid Lukauskas, Robert M. Stern, and Gianni Zanini

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680405.001.0001

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Trade and Environment

Trade and Environment

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(p.893) Chapter 29 Trade and Environment
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Handbook of Trade Policy for Development
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Steve Charnovitz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680405.003.0029

Steve Charnovitz examines the linkages between trade and the environment, primarily from the legal perspective. He contends that trade officials are now much more aware of the linkages between trade and environment and are committed to avoiding conflicts, whereas environmental officials recognize how trade restrictions can be overused or misused in the pursuit of environmental goals. Since policies in one country can impose externalities on other countries and market prices are not fully reflective of environmental costs, there is a need for international governance to manage the transborder conflicts that inevitably ensue. Charnovitz explores the various provisions of WTO law that address the environment and discusses the environmental issues to be addressed in the Doha Round, the environmental provisions of regional trade agreements, and the environmental policy and negotiating implications for developing countries.

Keywords:   Trade, environment, WTO, externalities, governance, Doha Round, regional trade agreements, developing countries

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