ECDPM. 2012. GREAT Insights, Volume 1, Issue 2. March-April 2012. Maastricht: ECDPM.
The Human Rights aspect of Europe’s external relations is back on the policy map in Brussels. Such a development may be the result of what Jean Bossuyt calls the ‘eye-opener’ that was the Arab Spring for European foreign relations …
Trade and Development Agreements for Human Rights?
By Emilie M. Hafner-Burton
Libya, Yemen, North Korea, Syria — human rights are at the forefront of international politics these days. Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the world’s values have …
Democratic Transitions and the EU ‘Deep and Comprehensive FTAs’ with MENA countries: a possible backlash?
By Kinda Mohamadieh
At the end of 2011, the EU Foreign Affairs Council authorized the opening of new trade negotiations with Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia …
Trade for change: EU trade and investment strategy for the Southern Mediterranean following the Arab spring revolutions
By Niccolò Rinaldi
The Arab Spring to date has been a major challenge for Europe’s foreign policy. The wave of revolutions that have swept across the countries in the MENA …
A Legal Analysis of The Human Rights dimension of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreements
By Lorand Bartels
This article takes a closer look at the human rights clauses in the Euro-Mediterranean association agreements, which have been negotiated and concluded in the context of the Barcelona process …
Human Rights in the EU-India FTA: Is it a viable option?
By Archana Jatkar
In recent years there has been a growing trend towards the inclusion of social protection clause with human rights language in preferential trade agreements. The path has been espoused by …
Political conditionality in the EU’s development cooperation – pointers for a broader debate
By Jan Vanheukelom
There can be little doubt that the Arab Spring has pushed human rights and political governance higher on the policy agenda in the European Union (EU) and elsewhere. This has resulted in tougher talk …
New Ambitions with Regard to Human Rights: Can the EU Deliver?
By Jean Bossuyt
Since the end of the Cold War, the EU gradually developed its normative and institutional architecture for dealing with human rights. Yet from the outset, the EU faced major challenges in turning its pledges …
Should We Celebrate the Wedding of Trade and Human Rights?
By Susan Ariel Aaronson
When we trade goods, services, and ideas, we are often also affecting human rights. The Internet can help us better understand the relationship between trade and human rights. Citizens in Egypt, Tunisia …
Taking stock of CAADP in West Africa: state of play and challenges ahead for the region
By Dolly Afun-Odigan
Agriculture, food security, and rural development: buzzwords that seem to be trending in the last few years. Most would agree that this is a welcome development, especially after decades of relegating …