The active pursuit of social and labour rights is seen as a crucial response to globalization. These essays, written by leading scholars from the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USA, question the effectiveness of the rhetoric of rights such as those to decent work and security, equal opportunity, adequate food and housing, and healthcare. The authors examine emerging approaches in several European countries, Japan, and the USA and in codes of practice of multinational companies. Attempts by the International Labour Organization to promote core rights and decent work, and techniques of enforcement at regional level by the EU and NAFTA receive special attention.
'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