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The European Union and Human Rights: Law and Policy

Jan Wouters, Manfred Nowak, Anna-Luise Chané, and Nicolas Hachez


With the Treaty of Lisbon, the profile of human rights issues has greatly risen in relation to European Union (EU) policies, whether internal or external. The EU has made the commitment to ensure that all its actions are compliant with human rights, and to seek to promote them. Yet, the Union’s commitment has come under close scrutiny, not only for its groundbreaking character, but also because recent events have put it to the test. The EU has been faced with a number of crises such as the financial-economic crisis and the imposition of austerity measures, the migration crisis, and terrorist a ... More

Keywords: European Union, human rights, fundamental rights, framework, policies, actors, strategies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198814191
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814191.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Wouters, editor
Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, KU Leuven

Manfred Nowak, editor
Professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Vienna

Anna-Luise Chané, editor
Research Fellow, KU Leuven

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Jan Wouters, Anna-Luise Chané, and Manfred Nowak

Part I Framework

4 The normative framework of the EU’s commitment to human rights

Chiara Altafin, Karin Lukas, and Manfred Nowak

Part II Actors

8 The EU’s engagement with the Council of Europe and the OSCE on human rights

Jakub Jaraczewski, Władysław Jóźwicki, and Zdzislaw Kędzia

12 The EU’s engagement with foreign powers on human rights

Francisca Costa Reis, Weiyuan Gao, and Vineet Hegde

13 The EU’s engagement with civil society on human rights

Jeff Kenner, Katrina Peake, and Stuart Wallace*

Part III Policies

15 EU enlargement policy and human rights

Beáta Huszka and Zsolt Körtvélyesi

16 EU trade policy and human rights

Nicolas Hachez and Axel Marx

19 EU migration policy and human rights

Elina Pirjatanniemi and Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso

20 EU security and counter-terrorism policies and human rights

Mikaela Heikkilä and Elina Pirjatanniemi

21 The EU human rights and democratisation policy

Cristina Churruca Muguruza and Felipe Gómez Isa

Part IV Strategies

23 EU practices on measuring human rights

Markus Möstl, Maddalena Vivona, Isabella Meier, and Klaus Starl


Nicolas Hachez*

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