International Labor Law Seminar

This seminar will examine international and transnational law governing workers and work both from the perspective of international law and of labor/employment law. Anti-globalization demonstrations, the student anti-sweatshop movement, as well as the accelerating offshoring of U.S. jobs have focused heightened public attention on this area. Topics will include the economic, political, and social impact of globalization upon workers and the organization of work, international human and labor rights conventions, international trade regimes and labor rights, voluntary regulatory alternatives such as Nike-type corporate codes of conduct, application of U.S. law to transnational labor issues, the role of international governance institutions in labor matters, and labor protections for disadvantaged populations, such as women workers, child labor, and migrant workers. The means of monitoring and enforcing international obligations, as well as their substance will be addressed. The course may be of particular interest to students taking courses in (domestic) labor law, employment law, and employment discrimination law, comparative law, public international law, international human rights law, transnational business law, and international trade law.

There will be no exam in the course. Grades will be based upon a series of papers, including a full length seminar paper, as well as class presentations and participation. The research paper may be used to satisfy the certification requirement.

There are no prerequisites.

This course is not currently scheduled.
Last offered Spring 2022.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course