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Blame it on the WTO?: A Human Rights Critique

Sarah Joseph


The World Trade Organization (WTO) is often accused of, at best, not paying enough attention to human rights or, at worst, facilitating and perpetuating human rights abuses. This book weighs these criticisms and examines their validity, incorporating legal arguments as well as some economic and political science perspectives. After introducing the respective WTO and human rights regimes, and discussing their legal and normative relationship to each other, the book presents a detailed analysis of the main human rights concerns relating to the WTO. These include the alleged democratic deficit wi ... More

Keywords: World Trade Organization, WTO, human rights abuses, human rights regimes, right to health, labour rights, right to food, poverty, development, Doha round

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199565894
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Joseph, author
Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, Melbourne
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