Towards a new balance of trade in agriculture

Bürgi, Elisabeth (2009). Towards a new balance of trade in agriculture (NCCR Trade Working Papers 2009/17). Bern, Switzerland: Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR)

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Trade in agriculture is linked to a whole range of economic, environmental, societal and future interests. For this reason, international regulation of trade in agricultural goods is highly contentious. While mainly directed towards an opening of markets, the WTO Agreement on Agriculture also has some entry points for ‘non trade concerns’. However, the agreement still looks like a casual patchwork that allows rather unsystematic ally for exemptions, without explicitly exposing the grounds that allow for them. The question arises of how the agreement could be drafted in a more structured way, in order to make sure that the economic objectives are efficiently pursued, and at the same time that human rights and environmental concerns are adequately taken account of? The concept of sustainable development provides for a methodical ‘seven step’ framework that gives guidance on integrated decision making processes. In this paper, this framework is partially applied to the Agreement on Agriculture. This working paper served as an introductory note to a brainstorming workshop on the subject that took place on 27 March 2009 at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern.

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Working Paper


10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Bürgi, Elisabeth


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation


NCCR Trade Working Papers


Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR)




Stephan Schmidt

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08 Feb 2016 14:37

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05 Dec 2022 14:51


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