Communication Flows in International Economic Law

The recent WTO Appellate Body’s decision on European Communities – Measures Prohibiting the Importation and Marketing of Seal Products (Seal Products case) highlights the sensitivity surrounding the invocation of public morals to restrict imports based on the welfare concerns for animals with respect to imports of animal products. The ‘public moral’ exception has been in the books of the multilateral trading system for some time and slowly but surely the WTO dispute settlement is being engaged in clarifying the parameters of the ‘public morals’ exception in international trade.

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