Free trade agreements and constitutional rights

  • DATE / TIME:
    2012•05•02    14:00 - 17:15

    Over the last two decades, the growing scope of the new-generation free trade agreements (FTAs) has been observed, covering more and more non-tariff issues (FDI, IPR, services), including issues not dealt with at the WTO. At the same time, there has been growing contestation of this type of agreements by civil society, interest groups and sometimes governments, and trade policy has been judicialized due to the growing tensions between their contents and constitutional rights and the implementation of new instruments to protect individual and/or collective rights in many countries.

    The aim of the seminar, organized by UNU-CRIS and the College of Europe, is to start a systematic assessment of this problématique by studying, first, how European courts have been dealing with these potential sources of conflict, and, second, how courts in partner countries and regions deal with it, especially where activist courts are operating.

    The Jean Monnet Seminar on Free Trade Agreements the Constitutional Rights will be held on the sidelines of the EU in International Affairs Conference in Brussels.

    For more information and to register, please visit the event page on the UNU-CRIS website.