Labour Standards in a Globalised EconomySymposium

What’s in a name?

Labour Rights between Human Rights and Sustainable Development

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy; … What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;’ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene 2 Labour standards have long been recognised as relevant to the terms of trade, given fears of unfair competition and even ‘social dumping’. However, labour standards rarely receive protection in trade instruments per se. They have …

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Labour Standards in a Globalised EconomySymposium

Symposium: Labour Standards in a Globalised Economy

From 19-23 October 2015, EU and US negotiators met in Florida for the 11th round of bilateral negotiations on the envisaged Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). What is often referred to as the largest free trade agreement in history is actually far more than that: The agenda encompasses not only ‘traditional’ trade barriers ‘at the border’, but also wide-ranging provisions on domestic regulation and regulatory cooperation as well as …

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