The Canadian government has also said it will closely monitor the process through which the EU brings its seal regime into compliance.
That said, McRae went on that "in the vast majority of cases WTO members do bring their laws into conformity with WTO rulings."
Dion Dakins, chair of the SNN, said the ruling "sends a clear message to the EU to sit down and negotiate with Canada and Norway on a more reasonable approach."
Last week, WTO officials described its ruling on the seal ban as "final," adding that "Canada has to accept it."
"It is a long, rather complicated process with no guarantee of a positive outcome and it would be a decision for the government whether it wishes to take all those steps," McRae said. "Since the issue is not the ban but how it is implemented, some may argue that there is little point to it."
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"What the WTO has upheld is that it is possible Nike Vapormax Plus Obsidian for a nation to address animal welfare concerns by invoking public morals as a justification," says a statement from the Seals and Sealing Network (SSN). "The WTO then further pointed out that the breaking of international trade rules to achieve the objective is not acceptable and greater due diligence than exercised in creation of the seal ban need be applied."
politically in certain parts of Canada, so the government may feel it important to ensure full compliance."
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If Canada doesn't see that happen, it can ask the panel to review the process.
However, the WTO also ruled that the EU's seal regime should be brought into compliance a window of opportunity for Canada and the sealing associations opposed to the ruling.
it over and last week concluded to uphold the ban, saying the EU's use of a "public morality" clause trumped broken rules.
Ultimately, McRae says it may not be expedient for Canada to pursue any economic retaliation against the EU.
Canada has options despite seal product decision
Donald McRae, an expert in international trade law and professor at Ottawa University, says the EU has a "reasonable period of time to bring its laws into conformity."
"Even the European public is opposed to trade bans based on moral grounds and they understand the dangerous precedent such bans set for fair and open trade," Dakins said.
"If the panel says the EU has fully complied, Canada could appeal to the appellate body," McRae told QMI Agency. "If the EU still fails to comply, Canada can get approval from the WTO to take retaliatory measures against the EU, increase tariffs or ban certain products."
decision leaves room for Canada to retaliate against the 28 member states for failing to meet their trade obligations.
Canada and Norway appealed the EU's ban to the WTO last year, calling it discriminatory and contrary to international trade rules.
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