Stiglitz & the Shrimp-Turtle case

In a previous post, I noted that Joseph Stiglitz misinterpreted the WTO’s turtle-shrimp decision. He had written:

The WTO puts trade over all else. Those who seek to prohibit the use of nets that harvest shrimp but also catch and endanger turtles are told by the WTO that such regulation would be an unwarranted intrusion on free trade. They discover that trade considerations trump all others, including the environment! [Globalization and Its Discontents, p.216]

In his latest text, Dr. Stiglitz corrects his interpretation:

In its adjudication, the WTO’s Appellate Body made clear that the WTO gives countries the right to take trade action to protect the environment, in particular relating to human health, endangered species, and exhaustible resources… The US lost the case, not because it sought to protect the environment but because it discriminated between WTO members. (The United States was discriminating by giving Asian countries only four months to comply with its law, but allowing Caribbean Basin nations three years.) But the significance of the Shrimp-Turtle rulings is that they endorse the use of trade policy to enforce environmental standards. [Fair Trade For All, p.136-7]