The impact on domestic regulations on international trade is considered. Sections look at: the basic economics of non-tariff barriers to trade; domestic policy and international trade in the economics literature; the EU and WTO; domestic measures in GATT; WTO trade agreements; WTO jurisprudence on trade in goods. The key conclusion is that in technical standards, SPS measures and services, there are comprehensive and specific rules governing the way domestic regulations must be implemented in ways that minimise the effect on trade.
Manchester, UK, CRC Working Paper, No. 78, 32 pp.