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Human Rights and International Trade

Thomas Cottier, Joost Pauwelyn, and Elisabeth Bürgi


Economic globalization and respect for human rights are both highly topical issues. In theory, more trade should increase economic welfare and protection of human rights should ensure individual dignity. However tension has arisen between these two areas. Does the World Trade Organization prevent countries from providing essential medicines to their people? Is it fair to accord the benefits of trade subject to a clean human rights record? This book examines the theoretical framework of the interaction between the disciplines of international trade law and human rights. The interaction is explo ... More

Keywords: economic globalization, human rights, trade, economic welfare, World Trade Organization, international trade law, case studies, freedom of expression, anti-trust rules, conflict diamonds, United Nations, tobacco control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199285822
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285822.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Cottier, editor
Managing Director, World Trade Institute, Bern; Professor of European and International Economic Law, University of Bern, Switzerland

Joost Pauwelyn, editor
Associate Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

Elisabeth Bürgi, editor
attorney at law, researcher, World Trade Institute, Bern and Institute of European and International Economic Law, University of Bern, Switzerland

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Thomas Cottier, Joost Pauwelyn, and Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi

Part I Conceptual Questions: Defining and Connecting the Two Fields

1 Bridging Foundations

2 Cooperation in Law-making

3 Cooperation in Dispute Settlement

PART II The Trade and Human Rights Interface in Practice: Case Studies

4 Freedom of Expression

5 Right to Health

6 Right to Food

The Right to Food and Trade in Agriculture

Christine Breining-Kaufmann

7 Conflict Diamonds

8 Conditionality in GSP Programmes

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