Journal of World Trade: Law, Economics, Public Policy vol:48 issue:2 pages:433-455
International Law Association Regional Conference: Imperium Juris: Governance, Trade, Resources location:Athens, Greece date:29-31 August 2013
The Timber Regulation is the EU’s latest addition to its regulatory framework on forestry governance. This article first provides an overview of the substantive provisions of the Regulation and briefly addresses two comparable initiatives, i.e. the American Lacey Act and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill. The second part of the article focuses extensively on the WTO consistency of the Regulation, based on an analysis of Articles XI, III and I GATT. In the view of the authors, although the EU Timber Regulation is likely to violate at least one substantive WTO provision, it is probably justifiable on the basis of Article XX GATT.