TEPSA Brief: “Conditionality 2.0: an improved legal framework to protect sustainable development through EU Free Trade Agreements”, Romain Laugier

TEPSA is happy two present a new policy brief on “Conditionality 2.0: An improved legal framework to protect sustainable development through EU Free Trade Agreements” written by Romain Laugier in the framework of the PONT Working Europe Seminar on EU Trade Policy.

“The European Union makes no secret of its aim to export its norms through trade, including the respect for human rights, international law and sustainable development. The inclusion ofnormative values “through trade” (Meunier,Nikolaïdis, 2006) may appear self-contradictory since the constant quest for liberalisation often leads to the lowering of environmental and labour standards. Nevertheless, Human rights and sustainable development are included in the new generation of far-reaching free trade agreements (FTAs) that the EU is currently negotiating.”

You can access the brief here

Romain Laugier is a student at the College of Europe, Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies.