BOY Laurence, RACINE Jean-Baptiste, SIIRIAINEN Fabrice (dir.), préface de Jean-François Renucci, collection Droit/Économie/International, Larcier, 2009, 712 p.

Droit économique et droits de l’homme

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Bringing together economic law and human rights may seem provocative. This is not the purpose of this book, which is the fruit of the reflections of jurists from very different intellectual and geographical backgrounds. The meeting of economic law and human rights is more natural than it seems. Human rights are an integral part of the market economy, which, based on freedoms, needs freedom.

However, the natural dialogue between these two fields, economic law and human rights, is not always harmonious. There are serious conflicts between the merchant and the non-merchant. Beyond the classic opposition between human rights, we have seen the emergence of rights whose vocation relates to what are known as "non-market values": the environment, culture, health, food and solidarity. One of the major questions is therefore whether it is possible to breathe humanism into the field of economic relations.

More fundamentally, are human rights a means of legally regulating economic activities in a globalised society or, on the contrary, a handicap for companies? This question inevitably leads inevitably to the possibility of a coexistence between the universality and relativity of human rights. The aim of this book is therefore to invite the reader to grasp the difficulties of thinking about and practising human rights in a globalized economy.

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Stéphane Rodrigues, Droit économique et droits de l’homme, December 2009, Concurrences N° 4-2009, Art. N° 29536, p. 231

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