This article investigates EU foreign policies regarding Human Rights with Asia. The perspective adopted here argues for a consideration of selected, social-constructivist, perspectives. The article emphasizes ideas, identities, values, educational exchange and human rights in EU policy towards Asia. Through a number of case studies, the article demonstrates that there is both an ‘enabling’ and an ‘inhibitory’ human rights dynamism in EU–Asia dialogue. The article suggests some ways of translating this into policies. It proposes a more inclusive, ‘holistic’, understanding of human rights discourse in East–West relations.
This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Intellectual legacies, ethical policies and normative territories: Situating the human rights issue in EU–Asia relations advance online publication 30 April 2010; doi: 10.1057/ip.2010.17 is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/doifinder/10.1057/ip.2010.17
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Asia–Europe meeting; Asian values; European Union (EU); EU–Asia relations; International Relations; human rights