UN University Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies Workshop on interactions between constitutional rights and free trade agreementsPosted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 in Events
The EU is a promoter of FTAs, as part of broader agreements, with non-European parties. Over the last two decades a few trends have thereby been observed: the growing scope of the new generation FTAs covering more and more non-tariff issues (FDI, IPRs, services), including issues not dealt with at the WTO; the growing contestation of this type of agreements by civil society, interest groups and sometimes governments; and judicialization of trade policy due to the growing tensions between their contents and constitutional rights and the implementation of new instruments to protect these individual and/or collective rights.
The aim of this event 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.
In this regard the United Nations University’s Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies will organize a Jean Monnet Workshop on the interactions between constitutional rights and free trade agreements. The workshop will be held on 2 May 2012 in the sidelines of the EU in International Affairs Conference in Brussels. The event will take place at the Belgian Royal Academy of Arts and Science, Hertogsstraat 1, 1000 Brussels.
For more information please contact Sofie Dewilde (firstname.lastname@example.org).