Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Ryan D. Thomas

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This Note will first outline the SPS Agreement itself--specifically, Part II attempts to present the relevant articles in a manner providing the necessary background for understanding the WTO dispute panel and Appellate Body decisions. Next, Part III discuss and critique, the dispute panel and Appellate Body decisions, specifically, noting the shortcomings of these decisions in the context of the SPS Agreement and its utility as a precedent of international dispute resolution in the area of international regulation of drugs and feedstuffs. Next, I will addresses the likely effect of these decisions upon a possible WTO resolution of the SRM dispute (should it proceed that far). Finally, Part V offers conclusions and recommendations to help guide future decisions to be more pragmatic and to better promote the goals of the SPS Agreement.