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    Laws born out of trauma: in defence of the EU’s conception of human rights

Laws born out of trauma: in defence of the EU’s conception of human rights

With both the EU and human rights demonised in public discourse, Catherine Dupré sets out to redeem the concepts from their critics. She argues that the EU’s conception of human rights, as codified in its Charter of Fundamental Rights, defines a set of absolute rights borne out of wartime trauma and transcending the limitations of a conception of the human that is […]

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  • A Kurdish refugee boy from the Syrian town of Kobani holds onto a fence that surrounds a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc (Turkey). Credits: Yannis Behrakis / Reuters (CC BY 2.0)
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    Bargaining bodies: The EU’s deal with Turkey has sacrificed Europe’s principles to appease domestic politics

Bargaining bodies: The EU’s deal with Turkey has sacrificed Europe’s principles to appease domestic politics

The EU and Turkey have agreed on the broad elements of a deal to help stem the flow of people across the Turkish border into the EU. Assessing the content of the agreement, Rebecca Bryant writes that the EU is on the brink of making a costly mistake for the sake of domestic expediency. She argues that rather than […]

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    Italy’s double standards: The Regeni and Abu Omar cases reveal a contradictory approach to human rights

Italy’s double standards: The Regeni and Abu Omar cases reveal a contradictory approach to human rights

The torture and murder of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni in Egypt has reignited deep concerns about the treatment of human rights in the Middle East. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela contrasts the tragic event with another case just considered by the European Court of Human Rights: the abduction in 2003 of the Egyptian Muslim cleric Abu Omar by the CIA […]

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    Why the EU’s commitment to preventing human rights abuses abroad is more than just rhetoric

Why the EU’s commitment to preventing human rights abuses abroad is more than just rhetoric

Is EU foreign policy genuinely influenced by humanitarian concerns or are such claims merely used to add legitimacy to traditional power politics? Joakim Kreutz uses data on EU foreign policy actions between 1989 and 2008 to assess the extent to which human rights concerns have played a role in decisions to intervene abroad. He finds a correlation between humanitarian […]

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The gap between policy and practice in EU arms exports limits the normative power of the EU

The issue of arms exports has caused significant controversy in a number of European countries. Jennifer L. Erickson looks at EU arms transfers and the human rights status of arms recipients between 1990 and 2010, finding that there is often a disconnect between arms trade policy and practice. She argues that in cases where EU foreign policy relies on member […]

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The EU requires a new approach at the United Nations if it is to avoid punching below its weight in negotiations.

How successful is the European Union at winning support in the United Nations? Karen E. Smith notes that as a significant voting bloc of 28 states, and as one of the primary contributors to the UN’s budget, the EU should be well placed to gain support within the UN’s decision-making processes. Despite this, EU states have often struggled to gain […]

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