Trade in the Service of Sustainable Development: Linking by Olivier De Schutter

By Olivier De Schutter

within the Bretton Woods period, exchange liberalization, the advance of labour rights and dealing stipulations, and the strengthening of environmental regulations, have been visible as together supportive. yet is that this regularly precise? do we proceed to fake to guard the rights of staff and to enhance environmental safety, quite via weather switch mitigation options, inside of an time table interested by alternate liberalization? Is it credible to pursue alternate regulations that goal to extend the volumes of exchange, with no linking such rules to labour and environmental criteria, obvious as 'non-trade' issues? This publication asks those questions, providing an in depth research of no matter if linkage is fascinating and legally applicable below the disciplines of the realm alternate association (WTO). It concludes that exchange can paintings for sustainable improvement, yet provided that we see it as a way for social and environmental growth, together with weather switch mitigation, and if we steer clear of fetichizing it as an finish to be pursued for its personal sake.

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