Inter-Regime Contestation

Andrew Lang

in World Trade Law after Neoliberalism

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592647
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731396 | DOI:
Inter-Regime Contestation

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This chapter begins by chronicling the way that official international human rights bodies began to address international trade issues from about 1998 onwards. During this time, international human rights bodies adopted and re-articulated many of the critiques of trade emanating from the global justice movement — but they did so selectively, incrementally, and usually in a moderated and modified form. The result was that by at least the middle of the 2000s, there was a burgeoning international legal debate concerning the relationship between trade law and human rights law. The second part of the chapter shift gears, and focuses on the dominant discursive framework of this debate, referred to as the ‘coherence framework’. It describes the nature of this discursive framework, and shows how it shaped the lines of inquiry and criticism which have so far been characteristic of the trade and human rights debate.

Keywords: international human rights bodies; international trade; global justice movement; trade law; human rights law; coherence framework

Chapter.  15097 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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