International Human Resources Management
Global Labor and Employment Law
This course will begin with an overview of the study of international and comparative law. The overview will be followed by an examination and analysis of the International Labor Organization and its approach to creating a uniform baseline of labor standards for all the nations of the world. The course will then examine North America as well as the description of the most significant features of United States labor and employment law. In a case study format, students will be introduced to and be provided with comparative materials that cover the basic employment laws of Canada and Mexico. We will then examine the regional regime established in the NAFTA labor side accords that essentially require each of the three countries to enforce the labor standards that are codified. Given the influence of Europe, students will examine the labor standards established by the EU. In contrast to North American, the regional regime of the EU has been in recent times the driving force toward the development of new labor standards. The labor and employment laws of three EU members -- the United Kingdom,Germany and France -- will be examined in order to see the similarities and the differences of approach of these three distinct legal cultures. Following that, we will look at the employment laws of three important Asian societies -- China, Japan and India. The course will end with an examination of extraterritorial application of employment law as well as "soft law" - corporate codes driven by consumer demand - and how it has been used to improve the labor standards for workers in developing countries who work on consumer goods destined for the developed world.