The T.M.C. Asser Institute, the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) and the ESIL Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor invite submissions of abstracts for a workshop on ‘EU Trade Agreements and the Duty to Respect Human Rights Abroad’. The workshop will take place at the Asser Institute in The Hague, on 11 December 2019.
Workshop Theme [extract]:
In recent years, the issue of whether human rights obligations incumbent upon the EU have an extraterritorial scope has gained much salience. Recent developments, including the Western Sahara litigation before the CJEU concerning the conclusion of a trade agreement extending to a territory whose people are denied the right to self-determination by an EU trading partner attest to the increasing significance of answering questions of ‘extraterritoriality’ of EU human rights obligations in the context of trade agreements. […]
In this light, this workshop aims to explore the question of whether the EU is bound by human rights obligations towards individuals outside the territory of its Member States when it concludes trade agreements with third countries.
Abstracts are invited that address one or more of the following aspects:
- Is the EU bound to respect human rights extraterritorially when it concludes trade agreements with third countries, and if so, what is the legal basis for this duty?
- To what extent are Art. 3(5) and 21 TEU relevant in the context of the debate regarding the EU’s extraterritorial human rights obligations?
- To what extent is international law relevant in the context of the debate regarding the EU’s extraterritorial human rights obligations?
- How can other areas of international law (such as due diligence, responsibility of international organisations) have an impact on the debate regarding the EU’s extraterritorial human rights obligations?
The abstracts should contain a one-page (500 words max.) description of the proposed paper and are to be accompanied by a CV of the author/s. The abstracts are to be sent to Ramses Wessel (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Eva Kassoti (E.Kassoti@asser.nl) by 15 July 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 September 2019. The proposed paper must not cover previously published work. The complete papers (8.000-10.000 words) must be submitted by 15 November 2019 in order to be communicated to the other participants in the workshop. It is the intention of the organisers to seek publication of the papers in the CLEER papers subject to applicable peer review processes.