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Thibaud Bodson


Freie Universität Berlin

Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics

PhD Candidate

Field of Research: Overcoming the dichotomy between international trade law and human rights law : the provision of social clauses in trade agreements

Thibaud is a Belgian PhD candidate with interests in development economics, in trade law and in socio-economic human rights. He holds a BA in Law (Saint Louis University, Brussels) and a MA degree in Law (UCL, Belgium), in Peace and Conflict Studies (Kent University/Marburg Universität) and in Philosophy (KU Leuven, Belgium). He previously worked as a research assistant at the law facutly of the KU Leuven. Thibaud is currently Doctoral Fellow at the Human Rights under Pressure Joint Doctoral Program and is based at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Globalization has generated immense economic benefits and yet its impact on the social circumstances of many in developed and less developed countries is concerning. Social dumping, child labour and bottom low wages are just a few manifestations of the chaotic relation between international trade and social and economic human rights. In his research Thibaud engages in an analysis of legal means to accommodate the tensions between trade law and economic and social rights. Doing so he focuses on the role played by social clauses and monitoring mechanisms provided in international trade agreements.

Freie Universität Berlin
The Minerva Center for Human Rights
Menschenrechtszentrum Uni Potsdam
DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Einstein Foundation Berlin
Dahlem Research School