At the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference in December 2017, ministers adopted a Decision on Fisheries Subsidies re-committing WTO members to implement their existing notification obligations on subsidies provided to fishing and directing negotiators to continue talks with a view to adopting an agreement by 2019. These papers by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) aim to respond to some of the many technical and legal questions the negotiations have brought up. They cover the law of the sea rules relevant to the development of fisheries subsidy disciplines, options for the identification of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, technical input on the definition and measurement of overfished stocks, small-scale fisheries and shared fish stocks, and ways in which better transparency of fisheries subsidies and an eventual legal outcome to the negotiations could be built into the WTO framework.

This compilation of papers are available to download on the ICTSD website.