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

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Bob Hepple, Lord Wedderburn, Paul O'Higgins, Manfred Weiss, Silvana Sciarra, Catherine Barnard, Simon Deakin, Ivan Hare, Antoine Lyon-Caen, Cynthia L. Estlund, Takashi Araki
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  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521047326

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  • 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.

    • Written by leading scholars of social, labour and human rights law from the UK and Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USA
    • Unique perspectives on the effects of globalization and the network society on the nature and justifications for social and labour rights
    • Provides ideas on the constitutionalisation and legal enforcement of social and labour rights at national, European Union and international levels
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521047326
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.457kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    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

  • Editor

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


    Bob Hepple, Lord Wedderburn, Paul O'Higgins, Manfred Weiss, Silvana Sciarra, Catherine Barnard, Simon Deakin, Ivan Hare, Antoine Lyon-Caen, Cynthia L. Estlund, Takashi Araki

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