Tackling coherence and consistency in the EU's external human rights policy

dc.contributor.author Taufar, Patrik
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-04T10:42:15Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-04T10:42:15Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.description.abstract The current discourse in the field of the external human rights policy of the European Union (EU) is strongly oriented toward the so-called “challenge of (in)coherence” . This is visible in academic as well as in policy-making outputs. In this context, the largest academic project on the EU and Human Rights of the past years, the FP7 Frame project aiming at ´Fostering Human Rights among EU (internal and external) policies´, identified coherence as one of three major cross-cutting challenges for the fulfilment of the EU´s strong commitment to compliance with, and promotion of human rights standards. It is remarkable that the challenge of (in)coherence has been identified primarily as the result of technical obstacles at the side of the EU´s institutional system. Firstly, incoherence occurs because “institutional structures and mandates in the EU are notoriously complicated and do not allow for efficient coordination.” The second reason for the incoherence of the EU’s human rights policy is supposedly the fact that “frames of reference in different policy fields are also different, and do not all align with the human rights agenda with the same intensity.” Finally, the third, non-technical, but political and strategic reason may be that “the Union´s many competences result in its obligation to cater to different interests, some of which may consider human rights to be a hindrance.” en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Fostering Human Rights among European Policies. Large-Scale FP7 Collaborative Project. GA No. 320000. 1 May 2013-30 April 2017 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Taufar P., ‘Tackling Coherence and Consistency in the EU’s External Human Rights Policy’, (2017) Global Campus Working Paper 4/17, available at https://doi.org/20.500.11825/492 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/20.500.11825/492
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.25330/2447
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Global Campus en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Global Campus Working Paper;4/17
dc.subject human rights en_US
dc.subject foreign policy en_US
dc.subject European Union en_US
dc.subject European External Action Service en_US
dc.title Tackling coherence and consistency in the EU's external human rights policy en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
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