PhD defence S. (Sophia) Paulini

The Precautionary Principle in the New Generation Trade Agreements of the EU
Prof.dr. A. Arcuri
Prof.dr. R Repasi
Friday 16 Dec 2022, 10:30 - 12:00
PhD defence
Senate Hall
Erasmus Building
Campus Woudestein
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S. Paulini will defend her PhD dissertation on Friday 16 December 2022, entitled: ’The Precautionary Principle in the New Generation Trade Agreements of the EU‘.


According to Pascal Lamy, former WTO director-general and EU trade commissioner, regulatory standards reflect collective preferences and societal 
values of a community that intersect and potentially clash when states trade. In the WTO, perhaps nowhere has this become clearer than in the regulation of
uncertain risks, such as biotechnology or hormones in food. Here, longstanding - and to some extent ongoing - disputes over EU legislation based on
the precautionary principle have highlighted the different approaches of the EU and its trading partners in regulating uncertain risks. When the EU was negotiating
on bilateral trade agreements to further liberalise trade with some of the same trading partners that challenged its precautionary measures at the WTO, such as the US
and Canada, began, concerns were raised by civil society, national parliaments and the European Parliament about the impact these so-called "new
generation of trade agreements" could have on the EU's ability to continue to base its policies and legislation on the precautionary principle. This is particularly the case
because the central objective of these new generation trade agreements seeks to reduce the differences in technical standards laid down in national laws.

This thesis examines how the precautionary principle is reflected in the EU's new generation of trade agreements. The material scope of the study includes the provisions affecting food safety and environmental protection analysed in a sample of four EU trade agreements: the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EUJEPA) between the EU and Japan, the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EUVFTA) and the EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement (EUMTA).

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The public defence will begin exactly at 10.30 hrs. The doors will be closed once the public defence starts, latecomers may be able to watch on the screen outside. There is no possibility of entrance during the first part of the ceremony. Due to the solemn nature of the ceremony, we recommend that you do not take children under the age of 6 to the first part of the ceremony.

A live stream link has been provided to the candidate.

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