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Understanding the EU as a Good Global Actor

Ambitions, Values and Metrics

9781802202977 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Elaine Fahey, Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair in Law and Transatlantic Relations, City Law School, City, University of London and Isabella Mancini, Lecturer in Law, Brunel Law School, Brunel University London, UK
Publication Date: October 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80220 297 7 Extent: c 320 pp
This timely book investigates the EU’s multi-faceted development as a global actor, unpacking its legal mission to be a ‘good’ actor as well as exploring the complexities of fulfilling this objective. It elicits critical reflections on the question of ‘goodness’ in EU external relations from descriptive, analytical and normative perspectives, and examines which metrics of actorness are useful in tackling this subject.

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This timely book investigates the EU’s multi-faceted development as a global actor, unpacking its legal mission to be a ‘good’ actor as well as exploring the complexities of fulfilling this objective. It elicits critical reflections on the question of ‘goodness’ in EU external relations from descriptive, analytical and normative perspectives, and examines which metrics of actorness are useful in tackling this subject.

Featuring contributions from more than 20 leading EU scholars and emerging voices, the book develops four themes through which it advances a research agenda for the study of the EU as a good global actor. The book begins by unpacking the complexities of the EU as a global trade actor, before discussing ‘good’ trade governance and a deeper trade agenda, the issue of data governance in digital trade and in other regulatory frameworks, and finally the institutional dimension of EU actorness.

Understanding the EU as a Good Global Actor will be a crucial read for scholars and students in EU law and politics, particularly those with an interest in EU governance, trade and external relations. It will also prove useful for policy makers both within and outside the EU.
Contributors
Contributors include: Graham Butler, Xuechen Chen, Elaine Fahey, Xinchuchu Gao, Clair Gammage, Maria Garcia, Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Yuliya Kaspiarovich, Eva Kassoti, Gesa Kübek, Isabella Mancini, Billy Melo Araujo, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Tonia Novitz, Eva Pander Maat, Jörg Polakiewicz, Martin Trybus, Jean-Baptiste Velut, Wolfgang Weiss, Ramses A. Wessel, Svetlana Yakovleva, Ewa Żelazna
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Contents:

Introduction: understanding the EU as a good global actor: whose
metrics? 1
Elaine Fahey and Isabella Mancini

PART I THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE EU AS
A GLOBAL ACTOR IN TRADE
1 Europe’s power surplus: legal empathy and the trade/
regulation nexus 19
Ignacio Garcia Bercero and Kalypso Nicolaïdis,
2 Leverage in trade agreements and linkages – challenges to
the trade and rights linkages 37
Maria Garcia
3 Market Power Europe? Exporting EU disciplines on
domestic services regulations through trade agreements 53
Billy Melo Araujo
4 Environmental allies and trade competitors: a comparative
analysis of US and EU governance models for the
trade-and-climate nexus 74
Jean-Baptiste Velut

PART II ON ‘GOOD’ TRADE GOVERNANCE: THE
EMERGING AMBITIONS AND VALUES OF
A DEEPER TRADE AGENDA
5 The role of values in EU external relations: a legal
assessment of the EU as a ‘good’ global actor 92
Ramses A. Wessel and Yuliya Kaspiarovich
6 The EU acting through free trade agreements: the case of
sustainability and public procurement 107
Martin Trybus
7 The role of the EU in making ‘sustainable’ labour linkages
in contemporary trade: is being ‘assertive’ also ‘good’? 124
Tonia Novitz
8 The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and the
challenge of being a ‘good’ climate and trade actor 141
Eva Pander Maat
9 Empowering women in trade: how gender responsive are
the EU’s trade agreements? 158
Clair Gammage

PART III ON ‘GOOD’ DATA GOVERNANCE: THE
EMERGING AMBITIONS AND VALUES IN
DATA FLOWS
10 The emperor’s new clothes – data privacy and
cybersecurity from a European perspective 176
Jörg Polakiewicz
11 The EU’s trade policy on cross-border data flows in
the global landscape: navigating the thin line between
liberalizing digital trade, ‘digital sovereignty’ and multilateralism 192
Svetlana Yakovleva
12 Comparing the EU’s and China’s approaches in data governance 209
Xuechen Chen and Xinchuchu Gao

PART IV THE EU INSTITUTIONAL DIMENSION OF
‘GOOD’ TRADE GOVERNANCE
13 Democratization of good global governance: the EU’s role
in the parliamentarization of trade policy 227
Wolfgang Weiss
14 The EU as a good global actor in international economic
relations: the role of parliaments 245
Ewa Żelazna
15 The approach of the CJEU to international law: towards
a context-specific approach 261
Eva Kassoti and Graham Butler
16 Sustainable development chapters in EU FTAs and dispute
settlement: lessons learned from Ukraine – Wood Products
and Korea – Labour Rights 277
Gesa Kübek

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