Hart Publishing in England has asked if I would publicize their new publication entitled Human Rights at Work, which is compiled book of papers by some of the world’s leading labour law scholars. It’s edited by Colin Fenwick (Melbourne Law School) and Tonia Novitz (University of Bristol, U.K.).
Here is the Table of Contents. Most of the book is comparative and spans issues from around the world, but there is an article by Christian Brunelle of Laval University entitled “The Growing Influence of Human Rights in Canadian Labour Law”.
Here is a description of the book, and a comment from my former professor Keith Ewing of the University of London:
‘…a timely and extremely important contribution to the future shape of labour law, at a moment when the discipline is in crisis, bereft of function and lacking any coherence as to its core values or identity… In provoking an argument about the future direction of their discipline, Fenwick and Novitz—along with each of the contributors to this impressive volume—have made an immense contribution, for which labour lawyers everywhere have reason to be deeply grateful.’, Keith Ewing
Concerns associated with globalisation of markets, exacerbated by the ‘credit crunch’, have placed pressure on many nation states to make their labour markets more ‘flexible’. In so doing, many states have sought to reduce labour standards and to diminish the influence of trade unions as the advocates of such standards. One response to this development, both nationally and internationally, has been to emphasise that workers’ rights are fundamental human rights. This collection of essays examines whether this is an appropriate or effective strategy.
The book begins by considering the translation of human rights discourse into labour standards, namely how theory might be put into practice. The remainder of the book tests hypotheses posited in the first chapter and is divided into three parts. The first part investigates, through a number of national case studies, how, in practice, workers’ rights are treated as human rights in the domestic legal context. These ten chapters cover African, American, Asian, European, and Pacific countries. The second part consists of essays which analyse the operation of regional or international systems for human rights promotion, and their particular relevance to the treatment of workers’ rights as human rights. The final part consists of chapters which explore regulatory alternatives to the traditional use of human rights law. The book concludes by considering the merits of various regulatory approaches.
In exchange for posting this note, the publisher is offering readers of this blog a discounted price. The regular price for paperback is $70 (U.S.), and the disount rate is $56. The hardback is regularly $150, and the discount rate is $120.
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