In every system aimed at trade liberalisation, it is necessary to balance this goal with the protection of (other) values. Not only does this have ecomic implications, but it also strikes at the heart of regulatory automy, sovereignty, division of power between levels and branches of government and constitutionalism. The optimal balance necessarily depends on the system's aims, structure, membership and level of homogeneity. This book explores this broad idea in the specific context of the EU and WTO rules on n-pecuniary restrictions on the free movement of goods and seeks to establish how to optimally interpret them. Furthermore, it demonstrates that the EU internal market rules have strong external effects which can be felt within the WTO.
Dr Tamara Perisin is Associate Professor at the Department for European Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. She is also a member of the Croatian Government's Working Group for the Chapter Free Movement of Goods within EU accession negotiations and Executive Editor of the Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy.