Labour Standards in a Globalised EconomySymposium

Transcending the ‘buddy vs bully’ debate in light of the TTIP negotiations

A debate on linking labour rights and trade.

Although the debate on linking labour rights and trade has a long history, the topic has become more prominent than ever in the last couple of years. Concerns expressed about the trade-labour linkage in the case of Colombia and debates about the protection of labour rights in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are topical examples. While both the EU and the US are seen as frontrunners in tying …