World Trade Organization and sustainable development

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United Nations University, 2005 - Business & Economics - 315 pages
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This book argues that the WTO has evolved into a World Trade and Sustainable Development Organization. Many of the issues that are on the WTO agendaendangered species, public health, genetic modification, the patenting of life formsare far from what could be considered traditional trade policy matters. Some have already proven to be particularly controversial, and as the organization continues to extend its reach more controversy is sure to come. Sampson offers policy alternatives that are both ambitious and realistic in terms of achieving greater coherence and a mutually supportive approach to policy formulation in trade and sustainable development. One of the most pressing challenges with which the WTO is confronted today is how to reconcile free trade and sustainable development. . . . Sampsons analysis of this challenge is sharp and his suggestions are full of wisdom. I regard this book to be a very important contribution to the study of the WTO.Mitsuo Matsushita, founding member of the WTO Appellate Body, and professor of law at Seikei Law School, Tokyo

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Contents

development
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Changing importance and perceptions of the WTO
245
World trade and environment organizations
265
Copyright

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Gary P. Sampson is the John Gough Professor of International Trade at Melbourne Business School at the Universtiy of Melbourne, and professor of international economic governance at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies in Yokohama, Japan.