EU External Labor Governance: Pointing Fingers or Lending a Hand?

  • Myriam Oehri
Part of the The European Union in International Affairs book series (EUIA)


In line with the structure of the previous chapter, “EU External Labor Governance: Pointing Fingers or Lending a Hand?” is designed to illustrate how the EU promotes workers’ rights in Mexico, Morocco, and the Dominican Republic. Drawing on the analysis of the EU-Mexico GA, the EU-Morocco AA, the EU-CARIFORUM EPA, extensive interview data, and relevant documents, this chapter shows that EU external labor governance is characterized by mechanisms that address labor rights’ violations hierarchically and work on the enhancement of labor standards in a cooperative and horizontal manner. It furthermore reveals that the approach the EU relies on in practice is dominated by lending a hand rather than pointing fingers. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the generalizability of the case studies’ findings.


Labor Governance Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) European Economic And Social Committee (EESC) European External Action Service (EEAS) Human Rights Clauses 
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  • Myriam Oehri
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  1. 1.Global Studies InstituteUniversity of GenevaGenèveSwitzerland

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