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Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions - Conference

The Goettingen Journal of International Law is pleased to announce that we will take part in a conference in November 2018. The joint research project of the Institute of International and European Law of the University of Göttingen and the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law will be holding this conference in Göttingen, Germany under the title “Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions”. The conference is a culmination of a joint research project directed by Prof. Tomer Broude and Prof. Andreas L. Paulus and examines economic and social rights from a comparative perspective, looking at German, Israeli and European legal systems and their respective constitutional, legislative and jurisprudential experiences, as well as the universal human rights framework under the auspices of the United Nations. In addition to this call, Prof. Paulus and Prof. Broude, junior researchers of the project and associate and invited scholars will present their research at the conference.

Scholars who work on economic and social rights are invited to submit abstracts. The proceedings of the conference and papers presented will be published in one of our upcoming issues. See the call for papers and the conference website for more details.

Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 1 June 2018. Accepted proposals will be notified by 1 July 2018. Full papers due for submission by 1 November 2018.

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The Interaction Between WTO Law and the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities in the Case of Climate-Related Border Tax Adjustments

Pananya Larbprasertporn



The proposal of carbon-related border tax adjustments (BTAs) has raised a strong objection among the targeted States, mostly developing countries. The BTAs are claimed not only to violate the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), but also to conflict with the principle of ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’ (CDR principle) enshrined in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This study attempts to determine the extent to which the CDR principle could color WTO legal disputes concerning the climate-related BTAs. Here, WTO law is analyzed as a multi-objective legal system, pursuing to promote, inter alia, free trade and environmental protection while respecting the special concerns of less developed countries via the Special and Differential treatment (S&D). In this context, relevant WTO provisions to the climate-related BTAs are interpreted. This article concludes that the S&D bears no legal obligation and the non-discrimination principle tenaciously reigns within the WTO legal system. The CDR principle could therefore have a very limited impact on WTO law, even in the chapeau of Article XX of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade leaving the fairness of international climate change law vulnerable within the WTO legal system.



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