Labour Standards, Human Rights and The Public Health in the World Trade Organization

Karina Palkova, Giga Abuseridze

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This study investigates the effects the interaction of labor standards and human rights that has become a key issue in the World Trade organization. Policymakers gradually developed new rules to achieve both trade and human rights objectives. England signed treaties with the U.S., Portugal, Denmark, and Sweden to ban trade in slaves ect. The trade labour linkage has a long history. It has become one of the most contentious contemporary issues in trade and labour policy circles and debates. The idea of using international labour standards to protect workers from economic exploitation was first promoted by individual social reformers in Europe in the first half of the nineteenth century during the early stages of the industrial revolution. Calls for international labour legislation increased dramatically during the second half of the nineteenth century and found expression in various international organizations that were formed (often international associations of trade unions). Besides, international trade policy and labor standards can also hurt the right to health directly or indirectly. As the result there are several problems can be identified regarding the International rules on trade as whole and from the public health perspective. Without the national or international action required international trade will not bring prosperity to all, but, on the contrary, is likely to result in more income inequality, social injustice, environmental degradation and cultural homogenization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation Excellence and Innovation Management: A 2025 Vision to Sustain Economic Development during Global Challenges
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 35th International Business Information Management Association Conference (IBIMA)
EditorsKhalid S. Soliman
PublisherInternational Business Information Management Association, IBIMA
ISBN (Print)978-0-9998551-4-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event35th International Business Information Management Association (IBIMA) Conference - Seville , Spain
Duration: 1 Apr 20202 Apr 2020
Conference number: 35


Conference35th International Business Information Management Association (IBIMA) Conference
Abbreviated titleIBIMA 2020
OtherISBN: 978-0-9998551-4-0
Internet address


  • human rights
  • world trade organization
  • public health

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences
  • 5.5 Law

Publication Type*

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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