Agriculture has been the unruly horse of the GATT/WTO system for a long time and efforts to halter it are still ongoing. This Research Handbook focuses on aspects of agricultural production and trade policy that are recognized for their importance but are often kept out of the limelight, such as the implication of national and international agricultural production and trade policies on national food security, global climate change, and biotechnology. It provides a summary of the state of the WTO agriculture negotiations as well as the relevant jurisprudence, but also, and uniquely, it focuses on the new and emerging issues of agricultural trade law and policy that are rarely addressed in the existing literature.
With contributions from a multi-disciplinary team of leading analysts from around the world, this Research Handbook will appeal to trade negotiators, international trade law and policy academics as well as postgraduate students in the field.
Edited by Joseph A. McMahon, Full Professor of Commercial Law, University College Dublin, Ireland and Melaku Geboye Desta, Professor of International Economic Law, De Montfort University, UK
Contents: Preface Joseph A. McMahon and Melaku Geboye Desta 1. The Agreement on Agriculture: Setting the Scene Joseph A. McMahon and Melaku Geboye Desta 2. Food Security and International Agricultural Trade Regulation: Old Problems, New Perspectives Fiona Smith 3. Do WTO Rules Improve or Impair the Right to Food? Christian Haberli 4. The Impact of WTO Agricultural Trade Rules on Food Security and Development: An Examination of Proposed Additional Flexibilities for Developing Countries Alan Matthews 5. Plant Intellectual Property, Food Security and Human Development: Institutional and Legal Considerations, and the Need for Reform Graham Dutfield 6. GMOs: Trade and Welfare Impacts of Current Policies and Prospects for Reform Kym Anderson and Lee Ann Jackson 7. Addressing the Solution of SPS and TBT Matters through Trade Negotiations Eugenia Laurenza and Ignacio Carreno 8. Private Standards and Trade Tim Josling 9. Climate Change Policies for Agriculture and WTO Agreements David Blandford 10. Biofuels, Food Security and the WTO Agreement on Agriculture Stephanie Switzer 11. Stretching the Boundaries of Multifunctionality? An Evolving Common Agricultural Policy within the World Trade Legal Order Michael Cardwell Index