International Trade and Human Rights: An Unfinished Debate

14 German Law Journal 321 (2013)

18 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2013

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Abadir Ibrahim

St. Thomas University - School of Law

Date Written: January 18, 2013

Abstract

Since the nexus between the regimes of human rights and international trade has been established, most of the views expressed on this subject are at extreme variance. On one side you have scholars who argue that the nexus between international trade and human rights is a positive one, and on the other side, you have scholars who argue that international trade can only be bad for human rights. Taken to their logical extremes, these arguments would either end up recommending that international trade be encouraged or restricted for the sake of human rights.

This article expounds a view that global trade and human rights are neither inherently in harmony nor inherently at odds. Since both fields are bound to co-occur in the future, the focus should be on finding ways to reduce collisions and frictions rather than assuming that they do not conflict or that they cannot coexist.

Keywords: International Law, Human Rights, International Trade, WTO

JEL Classification: F02, K33, O34

Suggested Citation

Ibrahim, Abadir, International Trade and Human Rights: An Unfinished Debate (January 18, 2013). 14 German Law Journal 321 (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2202863

Abadir Ibrahim (Contact Author)

St. Thomas University - School of Law ( email )

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