Labour and Social Standards in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Reality and Expectations. Webinar LLC 21.05.2021

The webinar ‘Labour and Social Standards i n the UK-EU Trade and CooperationAgreement: Reality and Expectations’, took place on Friday 21st May 2021.

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) represents a special kind of Trade Agreement for several reasons. For the first time, the EU signed a Trade Agreement with a former EU Member State and, differently from other Trade Agreements, aims at defining a wide regulatory framework for a variety of issues previously regulated within the EU legal order. Both signatory Parties committed themselves not to weaken or reduce – in a manner affecting trade or investment – the levels of protection existing at the end of the transition period. However, the obligation only arises where changes in standards would impact on trade or investment.

The keynote Speakers discuss on the place of social rights considerations in the Agreement, from three main perspectives of analysis, namely a UK, a EU and an International law perspective.

Programme: Introduction by Marzia Barbera

Chair Luca Ratti The UK perspective, Tonia NOVITZ (University of Bristol)

The EU perspective, Giacomo DI FEDERICO (University of Bologna), Tamara HERVEY (City Law School, University of London)

The International law perspective, René REPASI (Erasmus University Rotterdam)


Below are the contributions presented at the webinar “Labor and Social Standards in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Reality and Expectations”:

Giacomo Di Federico, “Labor and social standards post-Brexit. The European perspective”

Tamara Hervey, “The EU Perspective on Labour and Social Standards in the EU-UK TCA: Reality and Expectations”

Tonia Novitz, “The EU-UK TCA from a UK perspective”

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