Protecting Human Rights and the Commons via Democratized Trade Negotiations

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Summary of the Work:

In the European Union, the priorities embedded in bilateral trade agreements and trade policy are primarily organized and conducted by technocrats and lawyers who, while experts in trade, often fail to prioritize human rights or environmental issues. The proposal aims to ensure that the EU’s trade policy incorporate sustainable development by adding a body of civil society to the formal bilateral trade negotiation process.


  • Year written: 2019
  • University: Sciences Po (IEP)’s Paris School of International Affairs
  • Course: Global Governance: Overcoming Fragmentation
  • Professor: Olivier De Schutter, professor of law at the University of Louvain (UCL), co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Food Systems (iPES-Food), and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food (2008-2014)
  • Assignment: Write a 1000-word reform proposal that would improve globalization “by making it more humane, and by ensuring that it contributes to sustainable development.” Proposals should aim to be innovative and offer new ideas not discussed elsewhere, and must relate to one topic covered in the course.

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