2007 - 2009
"Trade and the environment" and "food safety and trade" have emerged as critical issues in international trade. The purpose of this project is to approach these issues from the perspectives of both economics and law and to conduct comprehensive and interdisciplinary research. The following research will be conducted in the area of trade and the environment: empirical study on the effects of trade liberalization on the environment; theoretical study on illegal logging; and, theoretical study on voluntary corporate environmental action. The following research will be conducted in the area of food safety and trade: legal and economic analysis of the application of provisions of the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement); case studies on WTO disputes related to the SPS Agreement. In addition, the consumer benefits of food safety regulations will be estimated in the case of Japan's BSE countermeasures.
July 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008