The Role of the EU in the Promotion of Human Rights and International Labour Standards in Its External Trade Relations

Authors: Velluti, Samantha

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  • Provides new strategies to reconcile the internal tensions of the EU regarding principles, values and trade
  • Examines key changes introduced by the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon to the EU external relations legal framework and the Common Commercial Policy
  • Presents a fresh examination of the EU's "new generation" of free trade agreements, including "mega-regional" trade agreements
  • Offers new perspectives on the linkage between trade, labour and human rights
  • Provides new insights into the global reach of EU law and the Union's "extraterritorial" human rights obligations
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This book represents a significant and timely contribution to the copious literature of the EU as a global actor providing new insights and fresh perspectives into the promotion of human rights and international labour standards in the EU’s external trade relations, building on and stimulating further – the already well-engaged – scientific dialogue on this area of research. In particular, it provides the basis for developing a new analytical structure for better understanding the role of the EU in promoting human rights and international labour standards in global trade and, in particular, for assessing the extent to which and how normative considerations have influenced the adoption of EU legal instruments and policy decisions.

This book will appeal to research scholars, post-graduate students, practitioners and human rights activists. 

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This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding how the EU uses its economic muscle to encourage other countries to improve their human rights records. As one might expect, it covers the EU’s trade, human rights and labour standards policies in its free trade agreements, unilateral tariff preference scheme and other development tools in impressive detail. But it also situates these policies in a conceptual framework, legally anchored in the EU treaties themselves, and suggests concrete ways to bring greater coherence to the EU’s trade and human rights policies. Velluti [and Martines] have excelled with this comprehensive, sophisticated and forward-looking account of one of the EU’s key external policy areas. (Dr Bartels is Reader in International Law, Fellow and Director of Studies Trinity Hall, at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom) 

The book is an outstanding and reflective example of critical reflections of EU international trade and the place of human rights, focussing upon labour. The book considers the key choices made in the promotion of norms and how they frame the EU’s promotion of values. Velluti provides a rich and diverse account of trade labour linkages in EU trade agreements. Using a range of superb case studies, the book provides a critical account of the challenges of conditionality, particularly social and political, and the many obstacles faced by the EU in its international relations. Velluti (and Martines) astutely considers the actions of the EU promoting its values in an era of Brexit and anti-globalism. It is an invaluable read for those researching and reading about the EU as a global actor and the EU as a trade actor and their connectivity in law, politics and other related spheres. (Professor Elaine Fahey is Jean Monnet Chair of Law & Transatlantic Relations and Professor of Law at the Institute for the Study of European Law (ISEL), the City Law School, City, University of London)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • The Promotion of Human Rights and International Labour Standards After Lisbon: An Introduction

    Pages 1-10

    Velluti, Samantha

  • The EU as a Global Actor in an “Inter-Polar” World

    Pages 11-38

    Velluti, Samantha

  • The Legal Framework of the Common Commercial Policy After the Entry into Force of the Treaty of Lisbon

    Pages 39-95

    Velluti, Samantha

  • EU Political Conditionality as a Tool for the Promotion and Protection of Non-trade Values in Non-EU Countries

    Pages 97-180

    Martines, Francesca

  • The Promotion of Social Rights and Labour Standards in EU External Trade Relations

    Pages 181-291

    Velluti, Samantha

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Role of the EU in the Promotion of Human Rights and International Labour Standards in Its External Trade Relations
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-56748-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-56748-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-56746-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 359
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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