About the Course

Although human rights law and trade law are key branches of international law, there is increasing criticism that international trade rules are insensitive to basic human rights and that globalization has done little to alleviate the gap between rich and poor. This course examines the premises of the trade and human rights debate from the perspectives of both free trade advocates and human rights activists. Using case studies from developing countries, the course will examine the effect of international trade on human rights policies, including core labour standards, clean environment, health promotion, and indigenous peoples vis-à-vis indigenous knowledge. The course will consider selected WTO Agreements that have a bearing on human right promotion and protection.

The course is designed for policy makers, Officials from Civil Society Organizations dealing with human rights as well as those dealing with trade.

Expected Training Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of debate between free trade advocates and human right activists.
  • Explain the key concepts of International Trade as well as human rights.
  • Evaluate the impact that international trade agreements have core labour standards.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the relationship between trade and the right to clean environment.
  • Critically evaluate real-world cases on trade and health as well as the debate about the impact of the WTO – TRIPS Agreement on access to medicine.

Fee and Other Costs

The fee for the programme will be US$ 2,500 this includes tuition, presentation material and other documentation. It also includes lunch and refreshments during each working day.

Event Destination: Pretoria, South Africa