The treatment of environmental policies in the WTO

Questions that were the focus of this area of research

  • How can accountability mechanisms be extended at the WTO to environmental and sustainability concerns within existing mandates? This work will include crosswalks to the work on voluntary standards described below.
  • Can lessons be drawn from WTO experience for enhanced transparency and accountability in MEAs, and vice versa?
  • Why do parties in environmental disputes typically prefer to let their disputes be resolved through negotiations in the TBT Committee rather than before a WTO Panel?

Updated: 2014-02-18