Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation

The Impact of WTO SPS Law on EU Food Regulations

Authors: Downes, Chris

  • Offers valuable insights on the impact of WTO rules on EU food policy
  • Raises important questions about how we analyse and evaluate WTO law
  • Challenges prevailing criticisms of the SPS Agreement through careful empirical analysis, offering a richer understanding of the SPS regime
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About this book

This book brings a fresh perspective on the emerging field of international food law with the first detailed analysis of the process and implications of domestic compliance with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement. It investigates the influence of WTO disciplines on the domestic policy-making process and examines the extent to which international trade law determines European Union (EU) food regulations.

Following controversial WTO rulings on genetically-modified foods and growth hormones in beef, awareness and criticism of global rules governing food has grown considerably. Yet the real impact of this international legal meta-framework on domestic regulations has remained obscure to practitioners and largely unexplored by legal commentators. This book examines the emergence of transnational governance practices set in motion by the SPS Agreement and their role in facilitating agricultural trade. In so doing, it complements and challenges conventional accounts of the SPS regime dominated by analysis of WTO disputes.

It reviews legal commentary of the SPS Agreement to understand why WTO rules are so commonly characterised as a significant threat to domestic food policy preferences. It then takes on these assumptions through an in-depth review of food policies and decision-making practices in the EU, revealing both the potential and limits of WTO law to shape EU policies. It finally examines two important venues for the generation of global food norms – the WTO SPS Committee and Codex Alimentarius – to evaluate the practice and significance of transnational governance in this domain. Through detailed case studies including novel foods, food additives, vitamin and mineral supplements and transparency and equivalence procedures, this book provides a richer account of compliance and exposes the subtle, but important influence of WTO obligations.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Downes, Chris

    Pages 1-28

  • Evaluating the Impact of International Law: A Taxonomy of Analytical Choices

    Downes, Chris

    Pages 31-57

  • The Standard View of the SPS Agreement: A Literature Review

    Downes, Chris

    Pages 59-87

  • Is Science Really the Only Thing that Counts? An Evaluation of the SPS Agreement’s Expectations of Science in the Context of EU Food Policy

    Downes, Chris

    Pages 91-126

  • Bringing in the Old and the New: The Influence of the SPS Agreement on the EU Novel Food Saga

    Downes, Chris

    Pages 127-166

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eBook $99.00
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Hardcover $129.00
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Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: October 21, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37922-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Impact of WTO SPS Law on EU Food Regulations
Authors
Series Title
Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04373-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04373-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04372-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37922-7
Series ISSN
2214-2037
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 266
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
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