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Human Rights and Sustainable Development Obligations in EU Free Trade Agreements


Lorand Bartels


University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law

September 1, 2012

University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 24/2012

Abstract:     
Since the early 1990s, the EU’s trade agreements have included a ‘human rights clause’ requiring the parties to respect human rights and democratic principles. More recently, beginning with the 2008 EU-Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement, they have also included ‘sustainable development’ chapters, which contain obligations to respect labour and environmental standards. This article considers the extent to which, legally, these two sets of provisions give the EU the means of implementing its obligations to ensure that its external activities respect human rights and pursue the objective of promoting sustainable development. It also considers the differences in the EU’s approach to the human rights and democratic principles, on the one hand, and labour and environmental standards, on the other, and the extent to which these different approaches risk undermining the EU’s obligation to respect the indivisibility of all human rights.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: international law, Free trade agreements, FTAs, European Union, external relations law, human rights, sustainable development, environmental standards, labour standards, labor standards

JEL Classification: K31, K32, K33

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Date posted: September 3, 2012 ; Last revised: July 7, 2014

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Bartels, Lorand, Human Rights and Sustainable Development Obligations in EU Free Trade Agreements (September 1, 2012). University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 24/2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2140033 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2140033

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Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
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