Blame it on the WTO? : a human rights critique / Sarah Joseph.Material type: TextOxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011Description: xxxiii, 327 pages ; electronic resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: electronic resourceISBN: 9780199565894Other title: Blame it on the World Trade OrganizationSubject(s): World Trade Organization | Human rights | Foreign trade regulation -- Political aspects | Human rights -- Economic aspectsLOC classification: K3240 | J66 2011Online resources: View / Download PDF
Includes bibliographical references (p. -318) and index.
Introducing the WTO and international human rights law regimes -- Relationship between the WTO and international human rights law -- Democratic deficit and the WTO -- 'Human rights' restrictions on trade -- The WTO, poverty, and development -- The WTO and the right to food -- TRIPS and the right to health -- Extraterritorial human rights duties -- WTO reform, the Doha Round, and other free trade initiatives -- Conclusion.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is often accused of, at best, not paying enough attention to human rights or, at worst, facilitating and perpetuating human rights abuses. This book weighs these criticisms and examines their validity, incorporating legal arguments as well as some economic and political science perspectives. After introducing the respective WTO and human rights regimes, and discussing their legal and normative relationship to each other, the book presents a detailed analysis of the main human rights concerns relating to the WTO. These include the alleged democratic deficit within the Organization and the impact of WTO rules on the right to health, labour rights, the right to food, and on questions of poverty and development. Given that some of the most important issues within the WTO concern its impact on poor people within developing States, the book asks whether rich States have an obligation to the people of poorer States to construct a fairer trading system that better facilitates the alleviation of poverty and development. Against this background, the book examines the current Doha round proposals as well as suggestions for reform of the WTO to make it more ‘human rights-friendly’.