The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA): What Kind of Space is Given to Fair Trade and Labour Rights?

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Abstract

The present work analyses the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (hereinafter CETA), recently signed among the European Union and the Canadian government, and currently in the process of ratification within the European Member States: the fil rouge is represented by the possible impact of such a “mega treaty” on labour rights at a transnational level, and in particular if it could contribute or less – under a labour law point of view – to develop fair trade among multinational corporations belonging to certain targeted Western democracies. Therefore this paper provides with a brief overview of the most significant labour provisions contained in the CETA in the light of ILO legal framework: a particular attention is given to the complaint and dispute settlement mechanisms, essentially the InvestorState Dispute Settlement Clause (ISDS); the mechanisms without binding effects, such as civil society dialogue and inter-state initiatives; and the exception clauses. In the final section it is argued that despite a certain social and economic homogeneity among the EU Member States and Canada, the CETA is not able to automatically ensure that labour rights will be maintained without bottom-down changes.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-12
Numero di pagine12
RivistaTEMILAVORO.IT SINOSSI INTERNET DI DIRITTO DEL LAVORO E DELLA SICUREZZA SOCIALE
Volume9
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2017

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