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Globalisation and Labour Rights

The Conflict Between Core Labour Rights and International Economic Law

By: Christine Kaufmann
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Published: 17-01-2007
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 416
ISBN: 9781841135991
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Studies in International Trade and Investment Law
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £80.00
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About Globalisation and Labour Rights

In a world of work that has changed dramatically over the last few years, states see themselves confronted with new actors and conflicting international legal obligations. This book examines the tensions between core labour rights as defined by the International Labour Organisation, and the interests of international economic institutions (e.g. WTO, IMF, World Bank, OECD). It provides an analysis of the legal interactions between international regulations and state policy with regard to potential regulatory conflicts, at both the horizontal and vertical level. The study suggests a model of multilevel consistency as a way of reconciling the highly specialised and fragmented legal systems of core labour rights on the one hand, and trade liberalisation on the other, to form the coherent framework of a consistent legal order. Its detailed analysis and recommendations are designed for both academic readers and practitioners in international organisations and governments.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Setting Out the Problems
1. The Legal Framework for Core Labour Rights
2. International Economic Organisations and Core Labour Rights: Conflicting Interests
3. Cross-border Economic Activities: Multinational Enterprises and the Linkage Debate
4. Reconciling Conflicting Interests: The Roles of Nation States and the International Community
5. Conclusions


“This book by Christine Kaufmann is timely as it deals with 'core labour rights' and the effects of globalisation…Quite uncommon for lawyers, Kaufmann provides the economic rationale underlying national economic and social policies. She also provides a comprehensive outlook on the Swiss system relating to labour rights, which should be extremely helpful for students of comparative law…Her examination of social labelling programmes in the context of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade and the Government Procurement Agreement is extremely interesting…The book is useful to students and scholars of international law. It is well-structured and one can follow the line of thought in an adequate manner... It would be fair to say that this book offers a solid and detailed inquiry into the conflicts between core labour rights and international economic law.” –  Rekha Oleschak Pillai, The Swiss Review of International Economic Relations

“...important and scholarly…” –  Bob Hepple, Industrial Law Journal Vol. 36, No. 4

“Globalisation and Labour Rights can be unreservedly recommended to lawyers and economists alike, not least because of its comprehensive coverage..for economists and lawyers it provides a broad overview and shows that international commercial law can and must take account of labour law..” –  Johanna Felkl, European Journal of Labour Law Vol. 3

“Kaufmann's book is a well-documented contribution, which presents an academically attractive thesis...Academic contributions such as Kaufmann's are of most interest in that they define strategies to reconcile international trade law with social values.” –  Julien Burda, Global Law Books

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