LAW7815 - Workers' Rights in a Global Economy

LAW7815 - Workers' Rights in a Global Economy

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This is a course on international labor law as an important feature of the global economy. The course deals with issues of trade, human rights and labor rights in the context of international organizations such as the International Labor Organization (ILO) the United Nations, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and regional trade agreements, such as NAFTA, which maintain labor side agreements,as well as the enforcement of worker rights in the European Union (EU). The course also will look at soft law areas such as corporate codes of conduct among large American companies like Wal-Mart, Nike, Levi-Strauss, and Apple and how well (or poorly) such voluntary enforcement regimes impact the rights of workers producing goods for the world market. The course will also examine litigation involving international labor standards as well as cross-border organizing and collective bargaining involving workers, their unions and the global concerns for which they work. Finally the course will pay particular attention to the issues of women and children as workers in the global economy and efforts to protect them through the use of international labor standards and enforcement mechanisms. A prerequisite for this course is Labor Law or any course dealing with international law or international trade.