The European Union and Human Rights: Analysis, Cases, and Materials

ISBN : 9780198814184

Jan Wouters; Michal Ovadek
768 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Mar 2021
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The European Union and Human Rights: Analysis, Cases, and Materials maps and critiques the EU's commitment to human rights in both internal and external affairs. The book covers the evolution as well as the current state of the EU's engagement with human rights, focusing, on the internal side, on the role of the EU law in the multi-faceted system of human rights protection and, on the external side, on the EU's efforts to bind its foreign policy to promoting himan rights. This book combines analysis of key developments with a wide range of sources, including extracts from legislation, case law, policy documents, and research of other scholars. The inclusion of both primary and secondary materials is intended to guide readers to acquire a deep understanding of EU human rights law and policy. This title devotes significant attention to explicating the fundamental concepts and systemic features of the EU's human rights protection and promotion. In addition, chapters devoted to individual topics provide more depth on a range of policy areas in both the internal and external dimension of EU affairs. Topics covered by these individual chapters include non-discrimination and competition law, migration, trade policy, and development cooperation.


1 The Emergence of the EU's Commitment to Human Rights
2 Fundamental Rights in the EU Institutional Landscape
3 Concepts and Language of Human Rights in the EU
4 The EU Legal Framework for the Protection of Fundamental Rights
5 International Law, the ECHR, and the EU
6 Fundamental Rights in EU Competition Law
7 Equality and Non-Discrimination Law in the EU
8 Human Rights in EU Migration Laws and Policies
9 Human Rights in EU External Action
10 Human Rights in EU Trade Policy
11 Human Rights in EU Development Policy

About the author: 

Jan Wouters is Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, and founding Director of the Institute for Intenational Law and of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies.; Michal Ovadek is Research Fellow at the Center for Empirical Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, KU Leuven and Associate Fellow at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies.

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