International Labor & Employment Law Seminar



This course offers an opportunity to study the law of humane working conditions in the modern global economy.

Four general areas are covered:

  1. international conventions and regional compacts, especially the conventions of the International Labor Organization and laws of the European Union;
  2. bilateral, multilateral, and supranational trade agreements, including the mechanisms of the World Trade Organization and NAFTA;
  3. private international workplace law, including collective bargaining agreements negotiated by international labor unions and voluntary codes of conduct agreed to by transnational businesses; and,
  4. the relevant national laws of major U.S. trading partners, including Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and China.

Among the issues to be studied are freedom of association, fair labor standards and social security, employment discrimination, child labor, the treatment of women in the workforce, the status of migrant workers, and dispute resolution mechanisms. Frequent comparisons to U.S. law will be made.

Prerequisites: Civil Procedure I (110A) and Civil Procedure II (110B).