Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

Spring 2006


This article provides an international legal perspective on REACH. Since REACH is still under debate in the European Parliament and the Council, this piece addresses the basic contours of the likely political agreement expected in 2006, with a special focus on the relevance of human rights and trade law. After tracing the origins of REACH, this article explores the role of the main EU institutions involved in the development of the regulation. Next, this article looks at the core elements of REACH, focusing on objectives, principles, requirements, and impacts. An examination of some of the trade-related issues debated at the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) sheds light on a possible trade challenge against REACH.