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Description - The Human Rights Impact of the World Trade Organisation by James Harrison

This book examines the impact of international trade rules on the promotion and protection of human rights, and explains why human rights are an important mechanism for assessing the social justice impact of the international trading system. The core of the book is an in depth analysis of the various ways in which international trade law rules impact upon human rights protection and promotion, emphasising the significance of the jurisdictional context in which the human rights issues arise: coercive measures that are taken by one country to protect and promote human rights in another country are distinguished from measures taken by a country to protect and promote the human rights of its own population. The author contends that international trade law rules have utilised certain ad hoc mechanisms to deal with particularly pressing human rights concerns in the trade context, but also argues that these mechanisms do not provide systemic solutions to the inter-linkages between the two legal systems. The author therefore examines mechanisms by which human rights arguments could be more systematically raised and adjudicated upon in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, highlighting future opportunities and difficulties. He concludes by considering broader systemic issues outside the dispute settlement process that need to be addressed if trade law rules are to successfully protect and promote human rights.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841136936
ISBN-10: 184113693X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 292
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Harrison

James Harrison is Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick. He was previously the Head of the Trade, Business and Human Rights Unit and Research and Programmes Co-ordinator at the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre. Dr Harrison has also worked as a consultant for a number of international organisations including; for the Council of Europe on fair trade and ethical finance issues; for the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights on human rights approaches to the World Trade Organisation (WTO); for Article 19, on corporate transparency policies and for Amnesty International on the human rights impact of the international trading system. He previously worked as a researcher at the human rights organisation Liberty, before qualifying as a solicitor at Bindman and Partners, one of the leading human rights law firms in the UK. He then completed his PhD at the European Institute in Florence.

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