US-EU Disputes over Technical Barriers to Trade and the 'Hushkits' Dispute

Kenneth W. Abbott

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Product standards, conformity assessment procedures, and other technical barriers to trade (TBT) are prototypical examples of 'low politics'. Indeed it is difficult to imagine an area of international politics 'lower' than product standards for gas-connector hoses, to cite one long-running US-EU dispute. This chapter is organized as follows. Section 1 begins with a discussion of US-EU conflicts over technical regulations and standards for ordinary commercial products, typified by the disagreement over gas-connector hoses. Section II discusses the hushkits case, in which the US challenged EU restrictions on the registration and operation of certain aircraft retrofitted to comply with noise limitations set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The final section is a brief conclusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransatlantic Economic Disputes
Subtitle of host publicationThe EU, the US, and the WTO
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191698774
ISBN (Print)0199261725, 9780199261727
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • Gas-connector hoses
  • Hushkits case
  • Product standards
  • Trade barriers
  • Trade disputes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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