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Human rights and sustainability in free trade agreements: can the Cariforum-EU Economic Partnership Agreement serve as a model?

Menschenrechte und Nachhaltigkeit in Freihandelsabkommen: das Wirtschaftspartnerabkommen Cariforum-EU als Modell

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract The liberalisation of foreign trade has often contributed to stimulating development and increasing prosperity. But it can also lead to unemployment, environmental problems and threats to food security. Free trade agreements should therefore be designed to ensure that positive effects are felt quickly, and provisions should be made for dealing with negative effects. In recent years the European Union and the United States have already concluded free trade agreements containing clauses on sustainability and human rights backed up with instruments for impact assessment and monitoring. The European Union's Economic Partnership Agreement with Cariforum contains formulations that could serve as a model in this respect. (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; Caribbean Region; African-Caribbean-Pacific countries; international economic relations; economic agreement; free trade; economic cooperation; international cooperation; socioeconomic development; human rights; sustainable development; foreign trade; liberalization; economic impact; ecological consequences; risk assessment
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Economic Policy
Free Keywords politische Konditionalität; Ernährungssicherung
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 8 p.
Series SWP Comments, 24/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications