FRAME Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies

Latest Publications

New book: Human Rights or Global Capitalism

nowakThe fall of communism in the late 1980s and the end of the Cold War seemed to signal a new international social order built on pluralist democracy, the rule of law, and universal human rights. But the window of opportunity for creating this more just, more equal, and more secure world slammed shut just as quickly as it opened. Rather than celebrate the triumph of democracy over autocracy, or political freedom over totalitarian rule, the West exulted in the victory of capitalism over communism. Neoliberal policies of deregulation and privatization that minimized the role of the state were imposed on the transitional societies of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as economically weak and politically fragile nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Twenty-five years later, the world reaps the fruits of that market-driven state foundation: inequality; poverty; global economic, food, financial, social, and ecological crises; transnational organized crime and terrorism; proliferating weapons; fragile states.
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New Reports Online

Over the last few months, FRAME research has accelerated, and many results have been obtained. This has led to a surge of new reports published on the FRAME website on a wide variety of themes. We expect a dozen more reports to appear in the coming weeks.

For a full update, please visit the complete list of reports. By clicking on the title of a report, you will be redirected to a summary of its contents and will be able to download the pdf file.

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New publication: the European Yearbook on Human Rights 2016

FRAME is proud to announce the publication of the European Yearbook on Human Rights 2016, which features a FRAME section entitled ‘The European Union and Human Rights in Testing Times. Contributions from the FRAME Project on the Challenges of Vulnerability, Politics, Coherence and Impact Assessment’. The FRAME section comprises contributions drawn from FRAME research by Jan Wouters (Leuven GGS), Eva Maria Lassen (DIHR), Cristina de la Cruz (Deusto), Mikaela Heikkilä (Abo Akademi), Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso (Abo Akademi), Carmen Márquez-Carrasco (University of Seville), Monika Mayrhofer (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), Zsolt Körtvélyesi (ELTE, Budapest), Nicolas Hachez (Leuven GGS), Brecht Lein (Leuven GGS), Isabella Meier (ETC Graz), Markus Möstl (ETC Graz), Maddalena Vivona (ETC Graz) and Klaus Starl (ETC Graz). Click here for the table of contents.

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Report on EU and Member State competences in human rights

This report is submitted in connection with Work Package 8 of the FP7 FRAME (Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies) project. The report falls within Cluster Two, tasked to look at the actors in the European Union’s Multi-Level, Multi-Actor Human Rights Engagement. Work Package 8, ‘Coherence Among EU Institutions and Member States’, examines the principles, competences, actions and interactions of EU institutions andthe Member States that characterise human rights policies and that lead to coherence or incoherence in the EU and Member States’ promotion of human rights. Having examined the potential for ‘horizontal’ coherence and incoherence in the Work Package’s first report, 8.1, ‘Report on coherence of human rights policymaking in EU Institutions and other EU agencies and bodies’, this report examines ‘vertical’ coherence and incoherence, produced by the interaction between the EU and its institutions and the Member States.

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Report on human rights integration in AFSJ policies

The aim of this report (FRAME deliverable D 11.2) is to critically assess the integration of human rights into certain EU justice and home affairs policies. The report scrutinises the EU’s action in relation to border checks, asylum and immigration, and in connection to organised and serious crime, terrorism, human trafficking, as well as international crimes. The central goal is to identify gaps and incoherencies in how human rights are integrated into and protected in the said policies. Special consideration is given to the relationship between the internal and external dimensions of the investigated policies.
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Report on conceptions of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in selected third countries

This report presents a comparative analysis of the different understandings and perspectives on human rights, democracy and rule of law in third countries with which EU has established strategic partnerships: China, India, Peru and South Africa. This explorative report focuses on theoretical conceptions of human rights, democracy and rule of law, with limited attention to their operationalization. The eventual aim of Work Package 3, of which this report forms a part, is to provide the EU with conceptualizations of human rights, democracy and the rule of law that take into consideration the diverse conceptions found in third countries and in other international organisations.

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Report: Case Study on ICT and Human Rights

This case-study undertaken by the Danish Institute of Human Rights in Copenhagen and the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Graz is part of the FP7 project Fostering Human Rights among European Policies (FRAME), and a follow-up to the report (D 2.1) on ‘factors which enable or hinder the protection of human rights’. The first report assesses a wide range of factors – historical, political, legal, economic, social, cultural, religious, ethnic and technological – and their impact on the protection of human rights in EU internal and external policies. The purpose of this case-study is to zoom in on the technological factors and to examine some of the challenges that were identified in the first report.

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New Policy Brief available

Halfway through the FRAME project, we are glad to share FRAME’s second Policy Brief with you. The first Policy Brief, published in October 2014, summarised the initial nine FRAME reports. FRAME has now entered a more evaluative phase. This Policy Brief provides a snapshot of the latest research and offers recommendations by reference to the principles and strategic areas of action in the Action Plan. In the review period, many new reports have been published, several expert workshops have been convened and highly topical working papers, policy briefs and blog posts have been produced.

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Report on in-depth studies of selected factors which enable or hinder the protection of human rights in the context of globalisation

This publication is a follow-up on the first report on ‘factors which enable or hinder the protection of human rights’. The first report assesses a wide range of factors – historical, political, legal, economic, social, cultural, religious, ethnic and technological – and their impact on the protection of human rights in EU internal and external policies, particularly in light of the challenges brought about by globalisation. The purpose of this second report is to provide an in-depth and thorough examination of some of the challenges and factors that were identified in the first report as most in need of further scholarly exploration and study.
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Report on the EU’s engagement with regional multilateral organisations. Case study on the Inter-American perspective

This report presents the outcome of the analysis and critical assessment of EU human rights engagement with the Organization of American States (OAS). The EU has committed itself in the Treaty on European Union to promote and protect human rights and to ‘develop relations and build partnerships with […] international, regional or global organisations’.
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