Blame it on the WTO?: A Human Rights Critique

Paperback | September 11, 2013

bySarah Joseph

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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 economicand 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 within the Organization andthe impact of WTO rules on the right to health, labour rights, the right to food, and on questions of poverty and development.Given that some of the most important issues within the WTO concern its impact on poor people within developing States, the book asks whether rich States have an obligation to the people of poorer States to construct a fairer trading system that better facilitates the alleviation of poverty anddevelopment. Against this background, the book examines the current Doha round proposals as well as suggestions for reform of the WTO to make it more "human rights-friendly".

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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 economicand political science perspectives.After intro...

Sarah Joseph is a Professor of Human Rights Law, and the Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University in Melbourne. She has numerous publications on human rights, in areas such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, corporations and human rights, terrorism and human rights, self-determin...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:September 11, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199689768

ISBN - 13:9780199689767

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Introducing the WTO and International Human Rights Regimes2. The Relationship between the WTO and International Human Rights Law3. Democratic Deficit and the WTO4. 'Human Rights' Restrictions on Trade5. The WTO, Poverty, and Development6. The WTO and the Right to Food7. TRIPS and the Right to Health8. xtraterritorial Human Rights Duties9. WTO Reform, The Doha Round, and Other Free Trade Initiatives10. Conclusion

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"This is a very interesting and scholarly work that systematically and thoroughly analyses the validity of the main human rights concerns regarding the law and practice created by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), its underlying free trade theory as well as the (not always compliant)practice of its members." --Polona Florijancic, International Human Rights Law Review 11/04/2013