Presentation by Dr Velluti at the KU Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (Belgium)

Dr Velluti recently gave a presentation  entitled ‘The Evolving Social Dimension of EU External Trade Relations – Some Reflections on Coherence’ at the International Workshop on Fostering Labor Rights in the Global Economy, held at the KU Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven on 20 and 21 February 2014 and co-organised together with GRESI, a scientific research community funded by the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) and coordinated by the University of Ghent. The Workshop is part of the large-scale EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project on “Fostering Human Rights among European Policies” (FRAME).

The paper provided a critical review of how labour provisions have been incorporated in the European Union’s (EU) international trade agreements and the various goals pursued in combination with the mechanisms employed to achieve them. This analysis is particularly prominent and made necessary by fundamental changes introduced by the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon in relation to the EU’s Common Commercial Policy (CCP) and the increased powers of the European Parliament which now has to give its consent to the ratification of international trade agreements. In examining how the EU has been increasingly inserting human rights clauses and social norms in its international trade agreements with third countries, Dr Velluti explored certain coherence, consistency and legitimacy aspects of the EU’s role as a global human rights actor which directly concern the future trajectory of social and labour rights in EU external trade relations.

Summer Research Seminar Series

A “Summer” series of research seminars, involving academic staff, research students and guests, has been organised by Lincoln Law School.

All are welcome – most seminars will begin at 1pm (nb 12th June starts at 12.45pm) in the Law School.

For further details, contact Professor Richard Stone, the School’s Director of Research.

Tuesday 12 June

Professor Duncan French

Recent Activity by International Courts and Tribunals

Friday 15 June

Professor Richard Stone

Privacy – has the balance between Articles 8 and 10 shifted?

Thursday 21 June

Robert Ridgwell

The Origins of Humanitarian Jurisprudence: the slave as Other?

Neil Mackey

Ticket Touting: Black Market or Dark Arts? A critical evaluation of the effectiveness of the Law in addressing criminal acts connected to ‘on site’ ticket touting at UK cultural events

Monday 25 June

Dr Samantha Velluti

The protection of fundamental rights in EU asylum law

Wednesday 4 July

Debbie Naughton

The collection and enforcement of confiscation orders-developing the law in practice

Asmelash Teklu

Myths of intercept evidence: how convincing are the arguments’ of human rights groups on lifting the ban on intercept evidence?

Wednesday 11 July

Janette Porteous

Should the ban be lifted on same-sex couples having a marriage through a civil ceremony?

Tuesday 17 July

Dominique Hervé (Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile)

Environmental Justice