An Analysis of Potential Conflicts Between the Stockholm Convention and its Parties’ WTO Obligations

This Comment examines the compatibility of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants with parties’ WTO obligations under the GATT Agreement. The Stockholm Convention represents a broad-based attempt to regulate persistent organic pollutants (POPs), some of the most damaging chemicals to the environment and human health. The commitments that parties to the Stockholm Convention have undertaken to control POPs may implicate international trade commitments. Hopefully the discussion in this Comment may also be relevant to other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), especially those involving trade measures.