The EU's cosmopolitan foreign policy constitution and its disregard in transatlantic free trade agreements
Title: The EU's cosmopolitan foreign policy constitution and its disregard in transatlantic free trade agreements
Author: PETERSMANN, Ernst-Ulrich
Citation: European foreign affairs review, 2016, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 449-468
The universal recognition of human rights promotes international 'cosmopolitan law' protecting rights and judicial remedies of citizens in ever more fields of international regulation. Yet, even though free trade agreements (FTAs) protecting rights and remedies of citizens have been uniquely successful in European integration, the European Union (EU)'s 'cosmopolitan foreign policy mandate' is increasingly disregarded in FTA negotiations with non-European countries. The EU's transatlantic FTAs risk undermining fundamental rights and judicial remedies inside the EU. Citizens rightly challenge the interest group politics in designing transatlantic FTAs and the EU's neglect for participatory and deliberative democracy in EU trade policies on regulating international markets.
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