Human Rights Conditionality in the EUs International Agreements

Hardcover | March 9, 2006

byLorand Bartels

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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 theagreement, 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 legislativecompetence 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 moregenerally. 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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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 theagreement, in the event that the other party viola...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.93 inPublished:March 9, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199277192

ISBN - 13:9780199277193

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One1. Evolution of human rights clauses2. Human rights clauses in practice3. Human rights clauses in contextPart Two4. Interpretation of human rights clauses5. Procedures under human rights clauses6. Substantive obligations under human rights clausesPart Three7. Community competence to include human rights clauses in international agreements8. Member State obligations to perform international obligations undertaken ultra vires by the CommunityConclusion