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The Thin Justice of International LawA Moral Reckoning of the Law of Nations$
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Steven R. Ratner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198704041

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704041.001.0001

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Regulating Global Trade

Regulating Global Trade

(p.315) 10 Regulating Global Trade
The Thin Justice of International Law

Steven R. Ratner

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the responses of states and the World Trade Organization to potential conflicts between trade law and human rights, including issues such as conflict diamonds, intellectual property rules, and health and safety regulations. It distils the hugely complex network of rules governing global trade into two core norms based on non-discrimination, most-favoured-nation treatment, and national treatment. It argues that trade law can be interpreted to deny a state policy space to protect human rights, but on two core issues: conflict diamonds and HIV medicines.

Keywords:   World Trade Organization, trade law, human rights, international law, most-favoured-nation treatment, conflict diamonds, intellectual property, health and safety

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