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The WTO : environmental friend or environmental foe?

Greenshields, Anja LU (2014) In Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science MESM01 20141
LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
Abstract
The world’s fisheries and marine ecosystems are in danger of collapse. Fish is a highly traded commodity worldwide and the WTO regulates most global trade. Yet, overfishing is an environmental problem and the WTO is not an environmental organisation. Due to its power and reach, increased observance of sustainability could be very influential. It is argued that a tool like ecolabelling can improve the WTO’s environmental record.

The methods used are legal and literature analyses. In order to identify the status quo of the WTO in relation to sustainability, it is analysed in terms of its social justice performance. It is discussed why and how ecolabelling could improve the current situation by relying largely on the results of a legal... (More)
The world’s fisheries and marine ecosystems are in danger of collapse. Fish is a highly traded commodity worldwide and the WTO regulates most global trade. Yet, overfishing is an environmental problem and the WTO is not an environmental organisation. Due to its power and reach, increased observance of sustainability could be very influential. It is argued that a tool like ecolabelling can improve the WTO’s environmental record.

The methods used are legal and literature analyses. In order to identify the status quo of the WTO in relation to sustainability, it is analysed in terms of its social justice performance. It is discussed why and how ecolabelling could improve the current situation by relying largely on the results of a legal analysis of ecolabels in the WTO. The conclusion is reached that ecolabelling indeed has the potential of both alleviating overfishing and making the environment feature more strongly in the WTO. (Less)
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author
Greenshields, Anja LU
supervisor
organization
course
MESM01 20141
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
overfishing, sustainability science, WTO, economic law, ecolabelling
publication/series
Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
report number
2014:023
language
English
id
4461954
date added to LUP
2014-06-16 18:08:03
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2014-06-16 18:08:03
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  abstract     = {The world’s fisheries and marine ecosystems are in danger of collapse. Fish is a highly traded commodity worldwide and the WTO regulates most global trade. Yet, overfishing is an environmental problem and the WTO is not an environmental organisation. Due to its power and reach, increased observance of sustainability could be very influential. It is argued that a tool like ecolabelling can improve the WTO’s environmental record. 

The methods used are legal and literature analyses. In order to identify the status quo of the WTO in relation to sustainability, it is analysed in terms of its social justice performance. It is discussed why and how ecolabelling could improve the current situation by relying largely on the results of a legal analysis of ecolabels in the WTO. The conclusion is reached that ecolabelling indeed has the potential of both alleviating overfishing and making the environment feature more strongly in the WTO.},
  author       = {Greenshields, Anja},
  keyword      = {overfishing,sustainability science,WTO,economic law,ecolabelling},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science},
  title        = {The WTO : environmental friend or environmental foe?},
  year         = {2014},
}