Discussion: End Double Standards in Pesticide Trade

Country examples of legislative efforts from Germany, India, and Tunisia

22.02.2023 | 14.00 Uhr
Bericht & Diskussion

The online event presents legislative efforts by importing and exporting countries to stop the trade of pesticides banned in the land of origin. The export of banned pesticides to third countries is being recognized as a threat to human rights. In the case of the European Union (EU), most hazardous agrochemicals are not approved for use because of their negative effects on human health and/or the environment, yet manufacturers in EU countries such as Germany and others are still producing them to sell them abroad. The call for ending such double standards in pesticide trade is joined by civil society organizations in the Global South and North and by human rights experts from the United Nations alike. Inputs from Germany, India and Tunisia provide examples on how governments can take legislative efforts.


  • Welcome and moderation Dr Silke Bollmohr, INKOTA-netzwerk and Dr Christian Schliemann-Radbruch, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
  • Ending double standards in pesticide trade – where do we stand? Susan Haffmans, PAN Germany
  • National import ban and civil society approaches against pesticides – the case of Tunisia Semia Gharbi, AEEFG Tunisia
  • Reducing double standards by banning highly hazardous pesticides – an analysis from India Dileep Kumar, PAN India
  • Implementing a ban on the export of certain hazardous pesticides – presentation of a legal opinion from Germany Mirka Fries (LL.M.) and Ida Westphal (Ass. iur.)

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The event is jointly organized by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the INKOTA-netzwerk, the Pestizid Aktions-Netzwerk (PAN Germany) and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

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