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Saadia Pekkanen
SIS 553
Seattle Campus

Environment and Health in the World Trade Organization

Conflicts between global environmental and public health on the one hand and international trade expansion on the other in the World Trade Organization (WTO). Focuses on the state of GAITT/WTO jurisprudence and its interaction with sovereign laws and regulations. Cases include asbestos, reformulated gasoline, beef hormones, shrimp-turtle, and genetically modified organisms.

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This is a specialized course in the legal politics of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and its role in forging a global consensus on free and fair trade. The WTO is often criticized for its non-democratic nature and its disregard for environmental and health concerns. This course exposes students to th key debates in these areas through some of the most controversial panel cases. How accurate is the negative image of the WTO and its legal structure? How and in what ways do WTO law, international law, and domestic legal systems interact to produce and reinforce this negative image? Is it the WTO, or its sovereign members, that need to address the "legislative" side of the legal agreements? What are the constraints and possibilities?

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 03/03/2005