Science and Precaution in the Trading System - Seminar Note

By Halina Ward on January 16, 2002
This note is based on presentations and discussion at a seminar on Science and Precaution in the Trading System, jointly organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development(IISD) and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) during the third WTO Ministerial Conference in Seattle.

The meeting explored the meaning of the precautionary principle in the trading system; differences in the North American and European understanding of precaution; and ways to implement a precautionary approach in international trade. This note summarises the main strands of the presentations and discussion at the meeting.

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