WTO Shrimp-Turtle Appellate Body Decision

Volume
2,
Number
39
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12 October 1998
12 October 1998
The Appellate Body's decision in the "Shrimp-Turtle" case was released in Geneva today. While the decision - which is final - finds the U.S. measures at issue to be "within the scope of measures permitted" under the exceptions clause of the GATT, it confirms that they are inconsistent with GATT...
12 October 1998
A number of important changes affecting the treatment of development, environment, technical co-operation and information have been made within the WTO secretariat. These were effective last week but physical reallocations are only expected to be completed by mid-October. A new Trade and Finance...
12 October 1998
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) reported that the hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic reached a record size in September. For a brief period last month the hole covered a surface area two- and- a-half times the size of Europe, or 25 million square kilometres. On average for that...
12 October 1998
President Clinton last week said his administration would put forward a proposal for fast-track negotiating authority in January. Fast-track would give the Clinton Administration the power to negotiate free trade agreements on behalf of the country and then present them to Congress for a straight...
12 October 1998
Agriculture and forestry ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Hanoi last month were asked by experts to consider the need for increased co-operation to counter trade barriers related to environmental standards. ASEAN agricultural ministers were to discuss the...
12 October 1998
U.S. congressional leaders last week called on the Clinton Administration to "issue an early and comprehensive notice of retaliation against the EU." Indeed, these leaders anticipate that the EU will fail to adequately revise its banana import regime to comply with the WTO panel's findings...
12 October 1998
France announced last week that it would segregate the corn harvests of traditional and GMO-variety corn, and for the time being withhold the GMO corn harvest from the market. This year marks the first harvest of GMO corn in France. This decision follows a ruling by France's Council of State late...
12 October 1998
Meeting in Bangkok last week, Thai and Vietnamese officials called for greater co-operation in agricultural trade between the two countries. Officials for both sides urged the exchange of market information so that neither country would be hurt by price cutting on products such as coffee, rubber...
12 October 1998
Metalclad Corporation announced last week that it was halting construction of its Aguas Calientes landfill and treatment facility and further landfill development in Mexico until resolution of its suit under NAFTA against Mexico. Local environmental zoning laws prohibit the construction of the...
12 October 1998
• EVENTS WTO Meetings: 14 October 1998: General Council. For information, contact Keith Rockwell, tel: (41) 22 739 5007. 14-15 October 1998: Council for Trade in Services. For information, contact Hans-Peter Werner, tel: (41) 22 739 5286. 16 October 1998: Committee on Rules of Origin. For...
12 October 1998
The United Nations is seeking to hire a Senior Environmental Affairs Officer (P-5) for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, Canada. Interested candidates should apply by 22 October 1998 to: Chief, Recruitment Section, Human Resource Management Service, United...