B. EU EXTERNAL (TRADE) RELATIONS AND CONSTITUTIONAL VALUES – ON A COLLISION COURSE?

In this research cluster, TREUP researchers examine the tensions between the EU’s external trade policy and its relations to its neighbours with its constitutional value base, exploring this theme in multiple dimensions: options for accommodating seemingly conflicting interests and goals are explored, tensions between the EU (external) economic policy and its constitutional value base are investigated, and the way in which the EU can exert influence at a global levels are examined. The research therefore has a constitutional dimension in that it seeks to investigate in how for the EU’s external trade policy collides or converges with its constitutional values such as protection of human rights (including labour rights) and the goal of promoting sustainable development. Combining a normative constitutional and an empirical observant perspective offers new and exciting research designs into this field, as well as opportunities to create sustainable interdisciplinary research groupings.

Two research seminars will be open to the public and the contributions to those seminars will be made accessible on this website.

  • The research seminar “The EU and Wider Europe – Still a Force for Europeanisation?” will focus on the factors that mediate EU’s “Europeanization” impact and the extent to which current policy mechanisms have the capacity to deliver the norm diffusion required by EU. In particular, participants will be encouraged to discuss the extent to which EU effectively promotes its norms and constitutional values in neighbouring countries.

Researchers participating in this activity include:

                      Professor Dagmar Schiek
                      Professor David Phinnemore
                      Dr Timofey Agarin

  • The research seminar “The How and Why Sustainable Development between Provisions in EU DCFTA” will focus on the key feature of the new generation of DCFTAs: the presence of sustainable development chapters, which promote the adoption of minimum labour standards as well as the ratification of various multilateral environmental agreements. The seminar aims to explore the rationale behind the provisions on labour and environmental standards in EU DCFTAs, their implementation and explore the tensions between trade liberalisation and sustainable development objectives pursued in these agreements.

Researchers participating in this activity include:

                      Professor Dagmar Schiek
                      Dr Billy Melo Araujo

 

Cluster 2 − EU External Trade Relations and Constitutional Values