Human Rights, Labour Standards and Environmental Standards in CETA

Erich Vranes et al, Mega-Regional Agreements: TTIP, CETA, TiSA. New Orientations for EU External Economic Relations (OUP 2017)

University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 13/2017

17 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2017 Last revised: 1 Mar 2017

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Lorand Bartels

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 7, 2017

Abstract

This chapter discusses the provisions in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on the protection of labour and environmental standards and human rights. It first outlines the obligations of the parties to protect labour and environmental standards, human rights and democratic principles. Next, it discusses certain means by which the economic obligations of the parties may be interpreted, either expressly or by implication, to reflect these values. Third, it analyses the rights of the parties, in the context of exceptions, to adopt measures to protect labour and environmental standards and human right obligations, and the extent to which CETA’s obligations might expand the ordinary jurisdictional scope of these rights.

Keywords: CETA, FTAs, labour standards, environmental standards, human rights, human rights clause

JEL Classification: K31, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Bartels, Lorand, Human Rights, Labour Standards and Environmental Standards in CETA (February 7, 2017). Erich Vranes et al, Mega-Regional Agreements: TTIP, CETA, TiSA. New Orientations for EU External Economic Relations (OUP 2017); University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 13/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2912856

Lorand Bartels (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law ( email )

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