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Transatlantic Economic DisputesThe EU, the US, and the WTO$
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Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann and Mark A. Pollack

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261727.001.0001

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The Trade Disputes Concerning Health Policy Between the EC and the US

The Trade Disputes Concerning Health Policy Between the EC and the US

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Transatlantic Economic Disputes


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This chapter examines the Hormones dispute between the EC and US. The facts of the Hormones dispute could be summarized as follows: the EC enacted a Directive which prohibited the sale of hormone-treated beef throughout the EC market. Beef producers (domestic and foreign) had to incur adjustment costs as a result. The EC market being a lucrative market for US producers and in light of the fact that they were not willing to assume adjustment costs, they asked their government (USTR) to consult and eventually bring a complaint against the EC before the WTO adjudicating bodies. The chapter considers whether this particular dispute could have been prevented and then moves on to a more general discussion on dispute prevention.

Keywords:   trade disputes, hormones, EC, United States

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