ABSTRACT

This volume examines the range of Non-Trade Concerns (NTCs) that may conflict with international economic rules and proposes ways to protect them within international law and international economic law. Globalization without local concerns can endanger relevant issues such as good governance, human rights, right to water, right to food, social, economic, cultural and environmental rights, labor rights, access to knowledge, public health, social welfare, consumer interests and animal welfare, climate change, energy, environmental protection and sustainable development, product safety, food safety and security. Focusing on China, the book shows the current trends of Chinese law and policy towards international standards. The authors argue that China can play a leading role in this context: not only has China adopted several reforms and new regulations to address NTCs; but it has started to play a very relevant role in international negotiations on NTCs such as climate change, energy, and culture, among others. While China is still considered a developing country, in particular from the NTCs’ point of view, it promises to be a key actor in international law in general and, more specifically, in international economic law in this respect. This volume assesses, taking into consideration its special context, China’s behavior internally and externally to understand its role and influence in shaping NTCs in the context of international economic law.

chapter 1|9 pages

Introduction and Overview

ByPAOLO DAVIDE FARAH

part |2 pages

PART I Public Policy, International Trade, and Foreign Direct Investment: The Role of States and Non-State Actors in Economic Globalization

part |2 pages

PART II Sustainable Development, Environmental Protection, and Climate Change

chapter 9|12 pages

The Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities in the International Regime of Climate Change

ByIMAD IBRAHIM, THOMAS DELEUIL , AND PAOLO DAVIDE FARAH

chapter 16|48 pages

A Comparison Between Shale Gas in China and Unconventional Fuel Development in the United States: Water, Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development

ByProtection and Sustainable Development PAOLO DAVIDE FARAH AND RICCARDO TREMOLADA

part |2 pages

PART III Fundamental Rights and Cultural Diversity

chapter 18|7 pages

The Right to Food in International Law and WTO Law: An Appraisal

ByFLAVIA ZORZI GIUSTINIANI

chapter 21|10 pages

China and the Recognition and Protection of the Human Right to Water

ByROBERTO SOPRANO

chapter 24|9 pages

Trade in Audiovisuals – the Case of China

ByANSELM KAMPERMAN SANDERS

part |2 pages

PART IV Public Health, Product and Food Safety, Consumer Protection

chapter 29|13 pages

Product Safety in the Framework of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade

ByLUKASZ GRUSZCZYNSKI, TIVADAR ÖTVÖS, AND PAOLO DAVIDE FARAH

chapter 31|10 pages

Legal Protection of Consumers in Developing Countries: An Asian Perspective

ByA. RAJENDRA PRASAD

chapter 37|13 pages

Grasping Knowledge in Emerging Markets: Is This the Case of Western Pharmaceutical Companies in China?

ByFRANCESCA SPIGARELLI, ANDREA FILIPPETTI