Social and Labour Rights in a Global Context: International and Comparative Perspectives

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November 2005



The active pursuit of social and labor rights is seen as a crucial response to globalization. Essays by leading scholars from the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S. question the effectiveness of the new rhetoric of rights (such as decent work and security; equality of opportunity; adequate food and housing; and healthcare). The contributors examine emerging new approaches at the international and E.U. level in several European countries, Japan, and the U.S. and in codes of practice of multinational companies.


List of contributors; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Table of cases; Introduction Bob Hepple; Part I. Responses to Globalisation: 1. Common law, labour law, global law Lord Wedderburn; 2. The interaction of the ILO, the Council of Europe and European Union labour standards Paul O'Higgins; Part II. The Potential of Fundamental Social Rights in the European Union: 3. The Politics of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights Manfred Weiss; 4. Market freedom and fundamental social rights Silvana Sciarra; 5. Corporate governance, European governance and social rights Catherine Barnard and Simon Deakin; Part III. Constitutionalisation and Enforcement of Social Rights: Some Comparisons: 6. Social rights as fundamental human rights Ivan Hare; 7. The legal efficacy and significance of fundamental social rights: lessons from the European experience Antoine Lyon-Caen; 8. An American perspective on fundamental labour rights Cynthia L. Estlund; 9. The impact of fundamental social rights on Japanese law Takashi Araki; 10. Enforcement: the law and politics of cooperation and compliance Bob Hepple; Index.


BOB HEPPLE QC is Master of Clare College and Emeritus Professor of Law in the University of Cambridge.


'Social and Labour Rights makes a significant contribution to a discussion that should be supported and expanded to include the broadest possible range of participants. It is a tribute to Cambridge University and its present and former labour lawyers that this project can build on such a vibrant tradition of scholarship and commitment to social justice.' The Industrial Law Journal 'The contributors to Hepple's volume analyse not only the impact of new developments on social and labour rights, but also the role that such rights might play in countering effects of market-led globalisation. In this respect, the focus of this book is distinguishable from that of other texts relating to similar themes. The result is a valuable addition to the literature on what is likely to be an ongoing debate.' Legal Studies '... [an] outstanding collection of essays ... an extremely important achievement'. Political Studies Review 'Social and Labour Rights is an important contribution to the debate on social and labour rights ands to the debate on the nature of globalisation.' Modern Law Review
EAN: 9780521818810
ISBN: 0521818818
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2005
Seitenanzahl: 296 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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