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Enemy at the (flood) gates – Bringing the EU back to social justice through the international protection of social rights. A legal perspective

par Marco Rocca

During the years of the Great Recession we are witnessing a growing tension between the action of the institutions of the European Union (EU) and the rights and values embodied by the Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and by the European Social Charter (ESC). The present contribution hence explores the legal relationship between the EU and those legal orders. In developing this analysis I adopt a positivist approach to the definition of “social justice”. Thus, I consider that this concept includes the respect of international standards of protection of social rights. The analysis is developed in six sections.

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