Sustainable Waste Trade under WTO Law

Chances and Risks of the Legal Frameworks’ Regulation of Transboundary Movements of Wastes


Author: Mirina Grosz
Waste tends to be understood as the potentially polluting and unsolicited by-product of our daily lives, a source of risk for the environment and human health. Nonetheless, a transboundary market for wastes as valuable raw materials and second-hand goods has emerged, and states ship wastes to specialised disposal and recycling sites abroad.This book provides a thorough analysis of the Basel Convention and the applicable OECD and EU frameworks of regulation. The author adopts a legal approach that encompasses the environmental, human rights, and WTO law aspects of waste trade. It explores the potential of the concept of “sustainable development” to integrate divergent regulatory approaches under the umbrella of the WTO in particular, and identifies crucial elements of a more comprehensive and sustainable solution for international waste trade.

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Mirina Grosz, lic. iur. / MLaw, Ph.D. (2010) in Public International Law / International Economic Law, University of Zürich.
All those interested in the regulation of transboundary movements of waste, the relationship between trade and environment as well as human rights law, WTO law and risk regulation, the emerging field of sustainable development law and discussions on the fragmentation of international law.