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Thomas Cottier, Joost Pauwelyn, and Elisabeth Bürgi

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199285822

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285822.001.0001

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Linking Trade Regulation and Human Rights in International Law: An Overview

(p.1) Introduction
Human Rights and International Trade

Thomas Cottier

Joost Pauwelyn

Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the linkage between trade regulation and human rights in international law. Linking trade and human rights is a complex, but important, issue. Different from other linkages, such as trade and environment, or trade and culture, this linkage involves the very foundations of a human-centred system of law. The ability to take into account and to realize human rights and ethical values underlying these rights is critical for the long-term legitimacy of the multilateral trading system. At the same time, the problem is particularly complex and partly elusive. This book aims to assist in achieving some conceptual progress in bridging the gap of, and bringing together, two historically distinct traditions and regulatory areas of international law.

Keywords:   human rights, trade regulation, international law, multilateral trading system, World Trade Organization, constitutional rights

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