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EU Human Rights and Democratization Policies

Achievements and Challenges, 1st Edition

Edited by Felipe Gómez Isa, Cristina Churruca Muguruza, Jan Wouters


188 pages

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Though the EU has tried to place human rights and democracy at the heart of its external action, there are serious concerns about its capacity to have a significant impact on the situation of human rights and human rights defenders as well as on the democratization processes taking place in different regions of the world.

This edited volume sheds light on the achievements of EU policies and programmes in the field of human rights and democracy, also taking into account the challenges ahead. Analysing the changing global context’s effect on the ability of the EU to have a meaningful impact in the field of human rights and democratization, it examines relevant policies and programmes of the EU to see their impact on the ground. Combining various methodologies, the authors examine primary agreements and other EU documents, secondary sources (such as evaluations of EU’s policies and programmes) in the field of human rights and democracy promotion, and have interviewed EU officials, academics and other key stakeholders. From these, the book sheds light on specific programmes such as the EIDHR, the EOM and the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders, illuminating the increasingly hostile environment to work for human rights and democracy in a number of countries.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of EU human rights and law, to practitioners in Europe and beyond, and more broadly to EU studies, democracy studies and international relations.

Table of Contents

EU Human Rights and Democratization Policies: An Introduction [Felipe Gómez Isa, Cristina Churruca Muguruza and Jan Wouters]


1. EU Human Rights and Democratization Policies in a post-Western World [Felipe Gómez Isa]

2. The EU's post-Lisbon Legal and Institutional Architecture on Human Rights and Democracy [Jan Wouters]


3. Human Rights and Democracy at the Heart of the EU’s Foreign Policy? An Assessment of the EU’s Comprehensive Approach to Human Rights and Democratization [Cristina Churruca Muguruza]

4. The Search for Coherence in the EU’s Human Rights Policy and Discourse [Dolores Morondo Taramundi]

5. Localizing Human Rights in the European Union. Principles and Challenges [Arne Vandenbogaerde]


6. The Contribution of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) to the Implementation of the EU Human Rights Agenda [Wolfgang Benedek]

7. On the Effectiveness of the Election Observation Missions of the European Union [Markku Suksi]

8. A Protection Regime in Need of Committed Action: European Union Support for Human Rights Defenders [Karen Bennett]

9. The Development and Promotion of Global Business and Human Rights Norms: How Far is the EU Prepared To Go? [Nicolas Hachez]

Concluding Remarks [Felipe Gómez Isa, Cristina Churruca Muguruza and Jan Wouters]

About the Editors

Felipe Gómez Isa is Professor of Public International Law and Researcher at the Institute of Human Rights of the University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain.

Cristina Churruca Muguruza is Senior Researcher and Professor of International Relations at the Pedro Arrupe Institute of Human Rights of the University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain.

Jan Wouters is Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, and founding Director of the Institute for International Law and of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, an interdisciplinary centre of excellent and Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium.

About the Series

Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies

The Contemporary European Studies Series is an outlet for the publication of first-rate research in European Union Studies. The series primarily publishes research monographs but will also consider proposals for research-driven and thematic edited volumes. Although predominantly a Politics/IR and Law series, the series editors are keen to encourage approaches that are interdisciplinary. CES seeks to publish excellent material from both established and new scholars.

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