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EU Human Rights, International Investment Law and Participation

Operationalizing the EU Foreign Policy Objective to Global Human Rights Protection

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  • © 2019


  • Brings together three fields of law: EU external relations law, human rights law and international investment law
  • Provides the first comprehensive research on the EU’s current approach to investment law in light of its human rights commitments
  • Includes a unique, comprehensive review of all ISDS awards with human rights relevance
  • Provides one of the first detailed studies on the role of civil society monitoring bodies in EU trade and investment agreements

Part of the book series: Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Rights (CHREN, volume 4)

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About this book

This book demonstrates how human rights obligations of the EU foreign constitution can be operationalized in the realm of international economic regulation. The content is divided into three major parts. The first outlines the legal foundations needed for the EU to become a shaper of international investment law, which include the general principles and objectives of EU external policies, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, international human rights and the international investment competences of the EU. The second part demonstrates the current international investment regime’s incompatibility with human rights interests, while the third analyzes two mechanisms stemming from trade Law – ex-ante human rights impact assessments and civil society monitoring bodies – and explores whether they could mitigate the current inequalities in the protection of rights. The potential of these mechanisms, the book argues, lies in their capacity to ensure a comprehensive assessment of all interests atstake, and to empower traditionally marginalized rights-holders to make, shape and contest the international investment regime.

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  • Hamburg, Germany

    Vivian Kube

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