Intro Intl Workers' Rghts (LAW-795WR-001)
Introduction to International Workers’ Rights:
Classes are scheduled to meet at the US Department of Labor (downtown Washington)
The debate surrounding workers’ rights in the global economy is increasingly heated and dogmatic, politicized and divisive. 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 are those tools applied? This course will provide an overview of the International Labor Organization, 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, using the U.S. experience as a case study. The course will examine the evolution and implementation of labor provisions in U.S. free trade agreements, from NAFTA through the present, and the labor eligibility criteria in U.S. trade preference programs and their enforcement. The course will conclude with a critical look at government-funded foreign technical assistance and capacity building to improve the protection of international workers’ rights, examining in particular, programs to address concerns related to child labor and freedom of association.
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