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EYIEL Monographs - Studies in European and International Economic Law

Green Public Procurement under WTO Law

Experience of the EU and Prospects for Switzerland

Authors: Koch, Rika

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  • Focuses on green public procurement (GPP) from a comprehensive international trade law perspective, analyzing both the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) and general WTO law, while also considering dynamic developments in jurisprudence
  • Discusses various ways in which countries can implement GPP in line with WTO law, making it relevant for the growing number of GPA signatory states
  • Offers an introduction to the revised GPA (2012), the EU public procurement directives (2014) and the new Swiss public procurement law (2021)
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This book investigates the strategic use of public procurement as a way to establish “buying green” as a common practice – not only in the EU, but all over the world. However, imposing environmental requirements may affect the conditions of competition between suppliers, especially between local and foreign ones. This is particularly relevant for signatory states to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), a plurilateral WTO agreement that aims at liberalizing public procurement markets. So how can these countries strike a balance between trade concerns and using the environmental potential of public procurement? What scope does the GPA 2012 leave for environmental criteria and how are signatory states making use of it? The need for answers to these questions is becoming even more pressing with the increasing use of green public procurement (GPP).

This book discusses approaches to finding legal solutions to this question, using a multilayered approach to do so: In a first step, an analysis of the pertinent GPA provisions serves to delineate the scope for GPP under WTO law. In a second step, an evaluation of the implementation of the respective provision at the regional and national level by the EU and Switzerland helps reveal the impact of the GPA on its signatory states. While the book chiefly focuses on the legal framework for GPP, it also takes into account the latest developments in jurisprudence and policy initiatives. It concludes by proposing practical solutions regarding the specific design of GPP policies and measures in compliance with the GPA.

The comparative approach applied in the book, focusing on the implementation of the WTO/GPA by two selected signatories, makes it an informative and insightful resource for practitioners, policymakers and legal scholars from all GPA signatory countries, extending its relevance beyond the selected examples (the EU and Switzerland).


About the authors

Rika Koch is a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at the University of Zurich, where she completed her PhD thesis. She holds a bachelor degree in political science (global governance) from the University of Zurich and a master degree in international and European law from the University of Berne. Her research focuses on international economic law, public procurement regulation and on environmental law. 


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Green Public Procurement under WTO Law
Book Subtitle
Experience of the EU and Prospects for Switzerland
Authors
Series Title
EYIEL Monographs - Studies in European and International Economic Law
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-48214-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-48214-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-48213-8
Series ISSN
2524-6658
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 233
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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