Globalization and the Environment

Globalization and the Environment : Risk Assessment and the WTO

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The WTO has laid the foundations for a new era of trade relations, and increased trade liberalization has improved global efficiency in production and consumption. The strengthening of trade rules, however, has increased the scope for disputes over interpretations of more extensive and complicated agreements, and has spilt over into environmental and scientific matters. One of the unforeseen consequences of the WTO agreements has been controversy over risk. This volume explores aspects of risk with special reference to the WTO, where national instruments to reduce risk may conflict with international trade rules. The book is divided into sections dealing with: * accounting for risk in trade agreements * risk and the WTO * managing risk in policy making * negotiating experience with risk * national risks and quarantine standards * managing biotechnology. The chapters offer many perspectives on risk assessment and benefit from a rich diversity of approaches as befits contributions from authors with backgrounds in law, economics, political science and environmental and natural science as well as policy making. Globalization and the Environment is a fascinating book that will draw its readership from these more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 149.9 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 544.32g
  • Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1840645385
  • 9781840645385

Review quote

`There are two good reasons to read Robertson and Kellow's book on the WTO. First, the book offers a unique opportunity to get an inside, to learn how the WTO itself conceives of its role in environmental matters and of the criticism put forward by the anti-globalization movement. Secondly, individual chapters in the book extensively deal with topics relevant to international environmental negotiations from a WTO perspective: the role of risk in multi-lateral environmental agreements, risk communication and biotechnology, and GM food and global trade.' -- Hein-Anton van der Heijden, Environment Politics `As becomes clearer each day, the new global trade regime of the WTO is radically different in fundamental respects from its predecessor, the GATT. This book presents a most intriguing and innovative perspective on a cross-cutting issue of increasing importance: risk assessment. How will risk assessment and risk management affect the evolution of the multilateral rules-based system? Read this book and start thinking about it.' -- Sylvia Ostry, University of Toronto and Munk Centre for International Studies, Canadashow more

About David Robertson

Edited by David Robertson has had wide experience advising national and international economic agencies and teaching at universities in Britain, the United States and Australia. Most recently, he was Professor of International Economics at the University of Melbourne and Aynsley Kellow, Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australiashow more

Table of contents

Contents: Preface Part I: Risk and the WTO Part II: Managing Risk in Policy Making Part III: Negotiating Experience with Risk Part IV: National Risks and Quarantine Standards Part V: Managing Biotechnology Part VI: Concluding Summary Appendix Indexshow more