Friday, January 15, 2010

Understanding the Seal-Products Dispute

ASIL - 80 Percent WTO 80 percent The European Parliament and Council recently adopted a regulation that prohibits the marketing and importation of all seal products from commercial hunting.  This regulation triggered open opposition by Canada, Norway, and other seal-hunting countries.  Canada and Norway requested dispute settlement consultations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement concerning this legislation.  This is the 400th trade dispute brought before the WTO.  The American Society of International Law has prepared a background paper to explain the dispute.  Click here to read more.

The background paper was prepared by Simon Lester, a former Legal Affairs Officer at the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat.  He is co-founder of He blogs at the International Eonomic Law and Policy Blog,

Hat tips to Simon Lester and Sheila Ward.  And greetings to the International Economic Law and Policy Blog!


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