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International Trade and Human Rights: An Economic Perspective


Alan O. Sykes


Stanford University - Law School

June 2003

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 188

Abstract:     
Opponents of globalization in general and of the World Trade Organization in particular often contend that a tension exists between the growth of open markets and various conceptions of "human rights." This paper takes issue with such claims. Both theory and the available empirical evidence suggest that the growth of the trading system generally tends to promote rather than to undermine human rights. Any tensions are best resolved through tailored interventions that directly address the human rights impairment without sacrificing the wider benefits of freer trade.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 33

Keywords: economic development


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Date posted: June 16, 2003  

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Sykes, Alan O., International Trade and Human Rights: An Economic Perspective (June 2003). U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 188. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=415802 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.415802

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Stanford University - Law School ( email )
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Stanford, CA 94305-8610
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