Reflections on the WTO Negotiations on Prohibiting IUU Fishing Subsidies (GSI)

This policy brief explores some of the legal questions that have emerged in the negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) about a new rule that would prohibit subsidies from being provided to fishers that have engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The brief discusses how IUU fishing could be defined in the context of a WTO agreement with reference to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN’s International Plan of Action on IUU fishing and explores the flexibility inherent in the plan. To read the full brief, refer to the IISD website.