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Human Rights, Labor Rights, and International Trade

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Contributors to Human Rights, Labor Rights, and International Trade provide the first comprehensive view of labor rights in the international trade system and the avenues open to worker rights claims in the global economy under international human rights instruments, U.S. trade laws, free trade agreements, labor rights litigation, and corporate codes of conduct. They address worker rights from the standpoints of human rights concerns, trade and development policy, and labor law principles. Developments in the ...
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Overview

Contributors to Human Rights, Labor Rights, and International Trade provide the first comprehensive view of labor rights in the international trade system and the avenues open to worker rights claims in the global economy under international human rights instruments, U.S. trade laws, free trade agreements, labor rights litigation, and corporate codes of conduct. They address worker rights from the standpoints of human rights concerns, trade and development policy, and labor law principles. Developments in the global economy - including the European Union and the ILO; NAFTA; GATT and the new WTO; and the Japanese organization of the Pacific Rim - create issues regarding migration patterns, resource conservation and environmental protection, foreign policy, and labor. Combining the rarefied atmosphere of human rights theory with the nitty-gritty details of worker organizing, this book addresses the issue of distinguishing which worker and trade union rights are fundamental human rights and which are really assertions of privileges or claims for benefits.
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Lawyers and non-lawyers from academic, labor, and management backgrounds articulate a concern for labor rights and law in the global context, focusing on international labor rights and their implications for scholars, policymakers, and activists. The 13 papers were delivered at a March 1992 symposium at Yale University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Stimulating."—Foreign Affairs

"A significant contribution to current legal, political, and economic discourse on workers in the global economy."—International and Comparative Law Quarterly

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Meet the Author

Lance A. Compa is a senior lecturer at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Stephen F. Diamond teaches law at the Santa Clara University School of Law.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Labor Rights and Human Rights: A Historical Perspective 13
2 The Paradox of Workers' Rights as Human Rights 22
3 Human Rights and Labor Rights: A European Perspective 48
4 Labor Rights Provisions in U. S. Trade Law: "Aggressive Unilateralism"? 71
5 In from the Margins: Morality, Economics, and International Labor Rights 99
6 At the Junction of the Global and the Local: Transnational Industry and Women Workers in the Caribbean 118
7 Multinational Enterprises and International Labor Standards: Which Way for Development and Jobs? 141
8 From Intention to Action: An ILO-GATT/WTO Enforcement Regime for International Labor Rights 163
9 Private Labor Rights Enforcement Through Corporate Codes of Conduct 181
10 Labor Rights in the Global Economy: A Case Study of the North American Free Trade Agreement 199
11 International Worker Rights Enforcement: Proposals Following a Test Case 227
12 The Pico Case: Testing International Labor Rights in U.S. Courts 251
13 The Castro Alfaro Case: Convenience and Justice - Lessons for Lawyers in Transcultural Litigation 273
Bibliography 293
Index 303
List of Contributors 309
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