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Trading with Settlements: The International Obligations of the European Union with Regard to Economic Dealings with Occupied Territories

11 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2017 Last revised: 29 Sep 2017

Eva Kassoti

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

This Policy Brief examines the EU’s practice in relation to trade agreements involving occupied territories by focusing on the case-studies of Palestine and Western Sahara with a view to ascertaining its legality and coherence. It is shown that several aspects of the agreements are highly problematic in the light of the EU’s international law obligations of non-recognition and non-assistance and that the Union has largely adopted an inconsistent approach in its economic dealings with the occupied territories in question. In conclusion, concrete policy recommendations are offered in order to ensure the legality and coherence of the EU’s trade policy in situations of occupation.

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Kassoti, Eva, Trading with Settlements: The International Obligations of the European Union with Regard to Economic Dealings with Occupied Territories (July 2017). T.M.C. Asser Institute for International & European Law, Policy Brief 2017-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3001962

Eva Kassoti (Contact Author)

The Hague University of Applied Sciences ( email )

Johana Westerdijkplein 75
The Hague, Zuid Holland 2521 EN
Netherlands

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