Introduction to International Workers’ Rights (LAW-795WR-001)
Meets from 6/6-6/22. Students may earn academic credit for up to two credits per week in the summer semester (excluding full semester courses). This course counts toward the two credit per week limit. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The debate surrounding workers’ rights in the global economy is increasingly heated and dogmatic, politicized and divisive. Indeed, the recent election debates and executive orders to withdraw from trade commitments have highlighted divisions with respect to the manner and extent to which workers’ rights should be regulated in trade. What are international workers’ rights, how are they established, and what do they mean in theory and in practice? What tools are available to protect and promote them and how have these those tools been applied? This course will provide an overview of the International Labor Organization (ILO), focusing on the ILO’s standard-setting and supervisory functions. Students will discuss the relevance of the ILO to international labor policymaking, with a particular focus on trade, while comparing the U.S. and E.U. approaches to incorporating the ILO’s labor standards in their trade agreements. Taking a closer look at U.S. trade developments, the course will examine the evolution and implementation of labor provisions in U.S. trade agreements, from NAFTA through the present, as well as their enforcement. The course will conclude with a critical examination of the various mechanisms to promote workers’ rights.
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