Is More Trade Always Better? The WTO and Human Rights in Conflict Zones

Journal of World Trade 47, no. 5 (2013): 1091–1128

42 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2014

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Susan Ariel Aaronson

George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs

Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb

University College London - School of Public Policy

Date Written: March 10, 2013

Abstract

Scholars and policymakers have long believed that the interdependence encouraged by trade relations encourages trust and peaceful relations. In this article, we examine the role of the GATT/WTO (and the trade it supposedly encourages) in conflict zones. We show that policymakers have used several avenues under the WTO to discuss and address human rights in member states during periods of conflict and post-conflict recovery. We then focus on how policymakers can achieve greater coherence among trade and human rights policies in conflict zones.

Keywords: trade, peace, WTO, conflict

JEL Classification: F51, F53, 019 Q34

Suggested Citation

Aaronson, Susan and Abouharb, Mohammed Rodwan, Is More Trade Always Better? The WTO and Human Rights in Conflict Zones (March 10, 2013). Journal of World Trade 47, no. 5 (2013): 1091–1128, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2407217

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Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb

University College London - School of Public Policy ( email )

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London, WC1H 9QU
United Kingdom

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