Nature, culture and sustainable development in international trade law

Vadi, Valentina (2014) Nature, culture and sustainable development in international trade law. In: Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development from Rio to Rio+20. Queen Mary Studies in International Law . Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/ Brill Academic, pp. 353-377. ISBN 9789004282902

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Culture influences, and is influenced by, development. While sociologists have pointed out that certain cultures may hinder economic development vis-à-vis others which are more conducive to economic growth, economists have highlighted that the rational and sustainable use of a state's natural and cultural resources can lead to sustainable development. What role can international law play in connecting nature, culture and development? How are international courts and tribunals adjudicating 'culturenature-and-development'-related disputes? While the linkage between economic development and the protection of natural and cultural heritage is by no means new, this chapter approaches this well-known theme from a new perspective by focusing on international trade law. The protection of cultural and natural heritage has intersected with international trade law determining interesting clashes between culture and nature on the one hand, and free trade and economic development on the other. The key question of this study is whether international trade law has embraced a pure international economic culture or if, on the other hand, it is open to encapsulating cultural and natural concerns in its modus operandi.

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