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Submission on Australia's relationship with the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

Anton, Donald

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In March 1999, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ("DFAT") sought public input in formulating Australia's approach to negotiations in connection with the third World Trade Organisation ("WTO") Ministerial Conference to be held in Seattle in November and December 1999. The call for public submissions suggested a number of important issues and areas for consideration. Disturbingly, however, DFAT did not deem the relationship between environmental protection and international trade...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorAnton, Donald
dc.date.accessioned2003-05-29
dc.date.accessioned2004-05-19T13:30:08Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-05T08:44:29Z
dc.date.available2004-05-19T13:30:08Z
dc.date.available2011-01-05T08:44:29Z
dc.date.created2000
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/41006
dc.identifier.urihttp://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/41006
dc.description.abstractIn March 1999, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ("DFAT") sought public input in formulating Australia's approach to negotiations in connection with the third World Trade Organisation ("WTO") Ministerial Conference to be held in Seattle in November and December 1999. The call for public submissions suggested a number of important issues and areas for consideration. Disturbingly, however, DFAT did not deem the relationship between environmental protection and international trade important enough to mention specifically. Perhaps, though, this was not so surprising at the time. A press release from the WTO about the Ministerial Conference omitted any reference to the environment. Moreover, Member States of the WTO did not seem any more predisposed to consider the issue in Seattle. Of the 90 plus communications received by the WTO General Council from various states on the upcoming ministerial conference, only Switzerland and Norway raised the possible inclusion of the issue of the relationship of trade and environment for discussion. Such a state of affairs made the much touted March 1999 High-Level Symposium on Trade and Environment held under the auspices of the WTO appear to have been merely lip service. This appearance of empty rhetoric was a paramount concern of legitimate protestors in Seattle. Clearly, states should be doing more to address the longstanding tensions that exist between rigid trade rules and disciplines, and effective environmental protection. Indeed, Australia should be doing more. This article looks at one key item - the relationship between trade rules and multilateral environmental agreements ("MEAs") - that ought to be a high priority at the 3rd WTO Ministerial Conference. It is an item that has languished over the past 5 years and an item that should be driven by the Australian delegation.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.subjectWorld Trade Organisation
dc.subjectWTO
dc.subjectJoint Standing Committee on Treaties
dc.subjectmultilateral environmental agreements
dc.subjectenvironmental protection
dc.titleSubmission on Australia's relationship with the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.refereedno
local.identifier.citationmonthaug
local.identifier.citationyear2000
local.identifier.eprintid1357
local.rights.ispublishedno
dc.date.issued2000
local.contributor.affiliationANU
local.contributor.affiliationACEL, Faculty of Law
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