The WTO Plain Packaging Reports: Some Reflections

By Pedro Villarreal, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law,, and Brigit Toebes, University of Groningen,

In June 2018, the WTO – Tobacco Plain Packaging panel reports were published. The four reports contain the findings of the WTO panels in the disputes launched in 2012­–2013 by Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Indonesia, against the introduction of plain tobacco packaging in Australia. This blog post provides some overall reflections on the outcomes of this case. The starting point for these reflections is a side event organised by the Global Health Law Committee of the International Law Association (ILA) on Tuesday 21 August 2018, during the ILA’s biannual conference in Sydney.

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Plain tobacco packaging: where is the Netherlands?

By Brigit Toebes, University of Groningen, b.c.a.toebes(at)

As inspired by Australia, several countries in Europe have adopted or are in the process of adopting plain packaging for tobacco products. While plain packaging has been introduced in the UK, France and Ireland, Norway is in the process of adopting it.  Several other European countries, including Hungary, Finland, Slovenia, Belgium and Sweden are considering it.

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