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Environmental Protection versus Trade Liberalization : Finding the Balance

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Sandra L. Walker

I. Introduction

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Environmental protection measures or disguised barriers to trade? The characterization of environmental protection1 regulations under international trade law is a difficult and complex issue, and currently the subject of heated debate. On one side are ranged those in the trade policy community who regard the rubric of environmental protection as merely offering another cloak of legitimacy to measures which are really trade restrictions taken for protectionist reasons2. On the other side are ranged environmentalists who see the structures of international trade policy and law as fundamentally subversive to national regulation for environmental protection purposes3. Numerous international and national fora have been examining the link between trade and environmental policies and objectives. These include such diverse bodies as the Secretariat of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade4 which produced in February of 1992 a report on trade and the environment5, the GATT Working Group...

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