The EU and Human Rights

Paperback | October 28, 1999

byPhilip Alston

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For all its achievements in integrating Europe, the EU lacks a human rights policy which is coherent, balanced and professionally administered. Whether in relation to access to Community justice, sex equality, race and disability discrimination, or policing, or in its external policies fromKosovo to China, the Union needs new principles, procedures and institutions to design and implement an effective set of human rights policies.The introduction of a single currency, the problems of racism and xenophobia, the need for a humane refugee policy, the growing powers of the EU in many fields, and the Unions imminent eastward expansion, all make it urgent to adopt such policies. In this volume the leading experts in the field,including individuals from every EU country, provide an insightful critique of current policies and detailed recommendations for the future.The volume includes comprehensive analyses of: the competencies of the EU in human rights, access to justice, the Third Pillar,

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For all its achievements in integrating Europe, the EU lacks a human rights policy which is coherent, balanced and professionally administered. Whether in relation to access to Community justice, sex equality, race and disability discrimination, or policing, or in its external policies fromKosovo to China, the Union needs new principl...

Philip Alston is the Professor of International Law at the European University Institute in Florence. He is currently the Global Visiting Law Professor, Law School, New York University. Previous appointments have included: Australian National University (Professor of Law); Harvard Law School; the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy a...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 28, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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A. Introduction1. Towards an Authentic and Coherent Human Rights Policy for the EUB. Some Philosophical Dimensions of Human Rights Policies within Europe2. Is There a European Approach to Human Rights3. The Effect of Rights on Political Culture4. The Legacies of Injustice and Fear: A European Approach to Human Rights and their Effects on Political CultureC. The Human Rights Context within which the European Union Functions5. The Competences of the EU in Human Rights6. Human Rights in the Context of the Third Pillar7. Access to Justice as a Human Right: The European Convention and the EU8. Gender Equality in the EU: A Balance Sheet9. The Human Rights of People with Disabilities under EU Law10. The Internal and External 'Other' in the Union Legal order: Racism, religious Intolerance and Xenophobia in Europe11. Non-Communitarians: Refugees and asylum Policies12. The Unity and Universality of Human Rights in Light of the Disjointed Nature of EU LawD. Social Rights: European Union Perspectives13. We Still have not Found what We Have Been Looking For: The Balance Between Economic Freedom and Social Rights in the EU14. From Strasbourg to Amsterdam: Prospects for the Convergence of European Social Rights PolicyE. Additional Challenges for the Future15. Human Rights and European Identity: The Debate about European Citizenship16. The Future of Environmental Rights in the EUF. Human Rights in External Relations17. Holding Multinational Corporations accountable for Human Rights Abuses: A Challenge for the European Community18. Human Rights Considerations in the Development co-operation Activities of the EC19. Where is the EU's Human Rights Common Foreign Policy, and How is it Manifested in Multilateral Fora?G. Human Rights 'Conditionality', Both Internal and External20. Human Rights 'Conditionality' in Relation to Entry to, and Full Participation in the EU21. Trade Preferences and Human Rights22. Human Rights Clauses in External Agreements of the European CommunitiesH. The Role of Key Institutions and Actors23. Human Rights Case-Law in the Strasbourg and Luxembourg Courts: Conflicts, Inconsistencies and Complementarities24. New Instruments and Institutions for Enhancing the Protection of Human Rights in Europe?25. The Role of the European Parliament in the Promotion of Human Rights: Past and Future26. Reflections on the Role of the Parliament27. The Role of the Council in Human Rights Matters28. The Past and Future Role of the European Court of Justice in the Protection of Human Rights29. Human Rights and Civil Society

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`... an excellent study of the many different aspects of human rights in the EU ... The volume is all the more interesting since it has a multidisciplinary approach. It does not only focus on legal aspects of human rights policies, but also deals with anthropological, social and politicalviews on the EU and human rights. ... exceptional ...'Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, 8MJ2 (2001)