Research Handbook on Human Rights and Investment
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Research Handbook on Human Rights and Investment

Edited by Yannick Radi

The interplay between human rights and investments is a key and complex issue in today’s world. To take stock of this importance and to tackle this complexity, this Research Handbook offers a unique multi-faceted approach. It gathers in-depth contributions which focus on the interplay between human rights and investments in various international legal regimes, economic sectors and regions. It also provides thorough analyses of the various types of accountability that may result from the activities of multinational corporations in relation to human rights. This Research Handbook is intended for practitioners, policy-makers, academics and students eager to understand the interaction between human rights and investments in all its dimensions.​
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Chapter 5: Human rights and investments at the WTO

Valentina Vadi


What role, if any, do human rights and investments play at the WTO? Although the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) does not govern foreign direct investment in general, some WTO Agreements govern aspects of it. Moreover, some of the cases adjudicated at the WTO have touched upon several human rights including civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights as well as ‘third generation’ rights. This chapter aims to uncover the various dimensions of the complex interplay between trade, investment and human rights, focusing on some case studies. This chapter concludes that while a number of legal tools can foster the reconciliation of opposing interests under WTO law, much remains to be done to ensure better coherence between theory and practice.

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