Protecting Human Rights in the Context of Free Trade? The Case of the SADC Group Economic Partnership Agreement

14 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2014

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Clair Gammage

University of Bristol - School of Law

Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

As free trade agreements proliferate, the relationship between trade and human rights continues to attract attention across academic disciplines. The linkages between human rights and liberal trade rules have been the subject of debate for some time. Since most countries tend to afford constitutional protection to both human rights and freedom of trade, there appears to be an inescapable connection between the two regimes. In theory, at least, economic growth should improve human rights standards and conditionality can be one way through which human rights compliance is achieved. However, in practice, States often pursue economic objectives that conflict with their human rights obligations. This article explores the linkages and potential conflicts between human rights and trade in the context of regional trade agreements, with a focus on the interim Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Southern African Development Community Group.

Suggested Citation

Gammage, Clair, Protecting Human Rights in the Context of Free Trade? The Case of the SADC Group Economic Partnership Agreement (November 2014). European Law Journal, Vol. 20, Issue 6, pp. 779-792, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2514610 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eulj.12105

Clair Gammage (Contact Author)

University of Bristol - School of Law

Wills Memorial Building
Queen's Road Clifton
Bristol BS8 1RJ, BS8 1RJ
United Kingdom

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