Trade Deregulation and Environmental Regulation: Is There a Conflict?
OCEES Research Paper No 8
Posted: 28 Mar 1997
Date Written: December 1996
This paper explores the substantive conflict between trade deregulation and environmental regulation. It presents the major arguments in favour of trade deregulation, and suggests that these arguments do not establish the expansion of economic freedom as an over-riding moral consideration. The paper proceeds to discuss circumstances where the implementation of environmental policy may be incompatible with trade deregulation. In such cases, it is argued that the conflict between competing values must be resolved by reasoned debate, and that it is inappropriate to assume the inherent superiority of either of these objectives. The resolution of disputes needs to recognise the rights of national sovereignty enjoyed by countries in international law, but also their obligations to each other as members of a global community of nations.
JEL Classification: Q0, F10, F13, Q28, Q38
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