EU trade agreements and their impacts on human rights: study commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Bürgi, Elisabeth (2014). EU trade agreements and their impacts on human rights: study commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (CDE Working Papers 1). Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE); Bern Open Publishing (BOP)

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The European Union’s (EU) trade policy has a strong influence on economic development and the human rights situation in the EU’s partner countries, particularly in developing countries. The present study was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as a contribution to further developing appropriate methodologies for assessing human rights risks in development-related policies, an objective set in the BMZ’s 2011 strategy on human rights. The study offers guidance for stakeholders seeking to improve their knowledge of how to assess, both ex ante and ex post, the impact of Economic Partnership Agreements on poverty reduction and the right to food in ACP countries. Currently, human rights impacts are not yet systematically addressed in the trade sustainability impact assessments (trade SIAs) that the European Commission conducts when negotiating trade agreements. Nor do they focus specifically on disadvantaged groups or include other benchmarks relevant to human rights impact assessments (HRIAs). The EU itself has identified a need for action in this regard. In June 2012 it presented an Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy that calls for the inclusion of human rights in all impact assessments and in this context explicitly refers to trade agreements. Since then, the EU has begun to slightly adapt its SIA methodology and is working to define more adequate human rights–consistent procedures. It is hoped that readers of this study will find inspiration to help contribute to this process and help improve human rights consistency of future trade options.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Bürgi, Elisabeth

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law

Series:

CDE Working Papers

Publisher:

Centre for Development and Environment (CDE); Bern Open Publishing (BOP)

Projects:

[482] Human rights Sensitive Impact Assessment of Trade Agreements

Language:

English

Submitter:

Users 124 not found.

Date Deposited:

11 Sep 2014 16:25

Last Modified:

12 Sep 2017 06:29

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.50783

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/50783

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