Special Issue "Trade and Human Rights"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Contemporary Politics and Society".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Assoc. Prof. Dr. M. Rodwan Abouharb
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Guest Editor
Department of Political Science, University College London, London WC1H 9QU, UK
Interests: international organisations; World Bank; IMF; human rights violations; civil conflict

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The link between trade and human rights remains a deeply contentious topic. Does trade, and the intergovernmental organizations which manage different aspects of its rules and governance, advance the human rights of citizens around the world, or does competition between firms and states, as well as the decisions made by these organisations privilege capital at the expense of peoples’ rights? Research is now also considering that the linkages between trade and human rights may be far more conditional than we had previously thought. There is some indication that the link between trade and human rights may varying across different levels of development, regime types, and economic sectors. There is also some discussion about how both domestic and international politics complicates the linkages between economic exchange and states’ human rights practices.

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue examining “Trade and Human Rights”. The aim of this Special Issue is to publish novel research contributing to the development of knowledge about these linkages. We encourage submissions assessing the human rights consequences of state compliance with international rules and agreements promoted by international organizations like the World Bank and IMF, the International Labour Organisation, as well as regional financial as well as intergovernmental organizations like the European Union. We are also interested in how national government pledges through the ratification of core human rights conventions manage the consequences of trade to protect and realise their citizens’ human rights.

Papers can be theoretically or empirically based. Methodologically diverse and/or noteworthy approaches and the reporting of original data are especially welcome. It is intended that this Special Issue will include papers from a wide range of disciplines (e.g., political science, economics, sociology, etc.), and discuss matters that have local and/or global relevance.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. M. Rodwan Abouharb
Guest Editor

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  • trade
  • human rights
  • international financial institutions
  • intergovernmental organisations
  • World Bank
  • IMF
  • International Labour Organisation
  • European Union

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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