Rights, Free Trade, and Politics: The Strategic Use of a Rights Discourse in the Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)

37 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2014 Last revised: 5 Jul 2014

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Angelika Rettberg

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Philippe De Lombaerde

United Nations University (UNU-CRIS)

Liliana Lizarazo Rodríguez

Univeristy of Antwerp

Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo

School of Business Administration and Economics, IUSF Research Centre - Osnabrueck University

Date Written: April 24, 2014

Abstract

This article seeks to describe the strategic use of a rights discourse by domestic and international actors involved in the negotiation and ratification processes of free trade agreements between Colombia, the United States, and the European Union. We suggest that some of the differences between both FTAs and the processes leading up to their approval and ratification can be attributed to the ability of relevant actors to build and disseminate rights-based arguments in order to develop like-minded political coalitions, and other institutional and contextual characteristics.

Keywords: policy process of trade policy, political economy of trade policy, human rights, Economic, social and cultural rights (ESC), constitutional and commercial law, free trade agreements

Suggested Citation

Rettberg, Angelika and De Lombaerde, Philippe and Lizarazo Rodríguez, Liliana and Ortiz-Riomalo, Juan Felipe, Rights, Free Trade, and Politics: The Strategic Use of a Rights Discourse in the Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) (April 24, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2428668 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2428668

Angelika Rettberg (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia ( email )

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Colombia

Philippe De Lombaerde

United Nations University (UNU-CRIS) ( email )

Potterierei 72
Brugge, West-Flanders 8000
Belgium

Liliana Lizarazo Rodríguez

Univeristy of Antwerp ( email )

Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo

School of Business Administration and Economics, IUSF Research Centre - Osnabrueck University ( email )

Barbarastraße 12, 66/E22
Osnabrück, 49076
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.usf.uni-osnabrueck.de/institut/personen/ortiz_riomalo.html

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