Human Rights Conditionality in the EU's International Agreements

Since the early 1990s, the European Union has included human rights conditionality clauses in its association agreements and other international trade and cooperation agreements. The purpose of these clauses is to entitle a party to take appropriate measures, including suspension of the agreement, in the event that the other party violates human rights or democratic principles. Les mer
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Since the early 1990s, the European Union has included human rights conditionality clauses in its association agreements and other international trade and cooperation agreements. The purpose of these clauses is to entitle a party to take appropriate measures, including suspension of the agreement, in the event that the other party violates human rights or democratic principles.

This book provides an account of the evolution of these clauses, their scope and their operation, and analyses the EU's responsibility, under international law, to implement these clauses domestically. Based on this examination, the book explores the extent to which the EU has the legislative competence to include such clauses in its international agreements, and concludes by considering the implications of ultra vires agreements in EU law.

This study offers theoretical insights into aspects of international law as well as EU constitutional and external relations law. Its practical conclusions have major implications not only for the application of human rights clauses, but also for the EU's international treaty practice more generally.

Dr Lorand Bartels brings his expertise in international law to this engaging discussion of the EU's use of human rights conditionality in its international agreements.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

INTRODUCTION ; PART ONE ; 1. Evolution of human rights clauses ; 2. Human rights clauses in practice ; 3. Human rights clauses in context ; PART TWO ; 4. Interpretation of human rights clauses ; 5. Procedures under human rights clauses ; 6. Substantive obligations under human rights clauses ; PART THREE ; 7. Community competence to include human rights clauses in international agreements ; 8. Member State obligations to perform international obligations undertaken ultra vires by the Community ; CONCLUSION

Om forfatteren

Lorand Bartels is Lecturer in International Economic Law at the University of Edinburgh