1st Edition

International Trade and the Protection of the Environment

By Simon Baughen Copyright 2008
    400 Pages
    by Routledge-Cavendish

    400 Pages
    by Routledge-Cavendish

    Analyzing globalization and the increasing tension it has caused between the goals of free trade and environmental protection, International Trade and the Protection of the Environment provides a comprehensive and detailed legal analysis, both at the national and international level of what looks set to become the new legal order of the twenty-first century.

    This book asks the questions does the treatment of ‘measures tantamount to expropriation’ have the capacity to lead to a ‘regulatory chill’ on environmental protection and what are the possibilities for claims before the UK courts that are based on alleged violations of international law?

    To answer them the author offers:

    • an informed and critical commentary on the continuing controversy on GMO products, in particular on the recent WTO award in the EC-Biotech dispute
    • a comparison of the treatment of the expropriation under NAFTA and bilateral investment treaties with position under article one of the first protocol of the European convention on human rights
    • an analysis of the human rights dimension to claims for environmental damage against multi-national corporations, focusing particularly on claims in the US under the Alien Trot Claims Act 1789.

    Incisive and current, this text is a valuable tool for postgraduate law students studying international and commercial law.

    Introduction  1. Trade and Environment within the GATT  2. The WTO Side Agreements  3. Genetically Modified Organisms  4. WTO Side Agreements (2)  5. Trade and the Environment Within the EC  6. Investor Protection and Environmental Regulation (1)  7. Investor Protection and Environmental Regulation (20)  8. Multinational Corporations and Environmental Liability  9. Multinational Corporations and Environmental Liability (2)  10. Actions Against Multinational Corporations  11. Alternative Approaches to Transnational Pollution


    Simon Baughen, a former practitioner in shipping law, is a reader in law at the University of Bristol where he has worked since 1989. He is the author of Shipping Law. His research areas are: trade, investment and environmental protection; maritime law; trusts and equity.