FRAME – Fostering Human Rights Among European (External and Internal) Policies

About the Project

In a large-scale endeavour, the four-year EU research project FRAME examined the ways in which the EU’s internal and external policies can contribute to the promotion of human rights.

The Lisbon Treaty has made the respect and promotion of human rights a core value and objective for all the EU’s actions and policies. However, the EU is confronted with important challenges in this respect, such as the fragmentation of human rights-related competences between itself and the Member States and the growing contestation by a number of third countries of certain understandings of human rights and of the position of the EU to promote them.

Financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research, FRAME has analyzed the promotion of human rights in all areas of EU external and internal policies and has developed detailed policy recommendations. The project was implemented by a consortium of 19 European and non-European partner institutions, led by the Centre for Global Governance Studies at the University of Leuven.

The research objectives included:

  • a better conceptualization and operationalization of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the EU, other organizations and third countries
  • appraising human rights protection systems at the EU, international, regional, national and sub-national levels and their interactions
  • clarifying how human rights promotion can be rendered more effective in the maze of EU institutions, competences and policies
  • formulating, disseminating and valorizing policy tools (such as benchmarks and indicators) to monitor and improve the effectiveness of EU human rights policy

For more information on the thematic set-up of the project please consult the project flyer in the attachment.

The FRAME publications to which the LBI-GMR has contributed are available in the download section on the right, as is the brochure “How to better foster human rights among EU policies – FRAME final recommendations“. This outcome document contains 40 specific recommendations based on the research findings and was presented at the final conference in Brussels on 26 April 2017. A comprehensive documentation of this high-ranking event can be found in the Final Conference Report.

For further project publications and information, please visit the project website.

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Project Data

Country: International
Persons involved: Susanne Fraczek, Katharina Häusler, Claudia Hüttner, Karin Lukas (Cluster Lead, Steering Committee Member), Monika Mayrhofer (Work package Lead WP 4), Anna Müller-Funk, Julia Planitzer, Isolde Prommer (Project Administration), Helmut Sax, Karl Schönswetter (Project Administration), Katrin Wladasch
Lead Organisation: Centre for Global Governance Studies, Leuven, Belgium
Partner Organisations: 19 Partnerorganisationen inkl. dem dänischen Institut für Menschenrechte, Åbo Akademi, Sevilla Universität, Nottingham Universität, Eötvös Loránd Universität, Pretoria Universität, Indian Society of International Law, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR)
Project start: 05/2013
Project end: 04/2017
Project completed: Yes
Funded by: European Commission, Directorate-General Research
Programme Line LBI-GMR: Sustainability, Development, Business, Social