1. Introduction / Jan Erik Wetzel 2. Assessing the EU's position on human rights : it is a desirable one? / Richard Burchill 3. Monitoring and enforcing fundamental rights : can the European Union measure up against other international organizations? / Rhona K.M. Smith 4. European human rights law as a multi-layered human rights regime : preserving diversity and promoting human rights / Marton Varju 5. Inconvenient multilateralism : the challenges of the EU as a player in the United Nations Human Rights Council / Gjovalin Macaj and Joachim A. Koops 6. The EU commitment to international criminal justice : achievements and possibilities / Olympia Bekou and Mark Chadwick 7. Human rights in trade : the EU's experience with labour standards conditionality and its role in promoting labour standards in the WTO / Tamara Takacs 8. Imperialistic endeavour or empty rhetoric? : analysing the EU's promotion of human rights in China since 1989 through a "normative power" perspective / Wenwen Shen 9. Too different to be relevant? : considering the global influence of EU asylum laws and policy with respect to Japan / Emiko Nakasaka 10. The promotion and protection of human rights during common security and defence policy operations : in-between a spreading state of mind and an unsolved concern / Maria Luisa Sanchez Barrueco 11. The EU competition policy as an international human rights issue / Wolfgang Weiss 12. Double jeopardy in Europe : what lessons for global players? / Dawn Sedman 13. Defining the free press : recent European case-law on political free speech, anti-terrorism legislation and the free press / Angus Nurse 14. EU equality law : from protecting "groups" to protection of all / Joanne Milner 15. Conclusion : looking to the future : no Hubris, no false modesty / Geoffrey Harris.