Publication Date

Fall 1993


[Excerpt] This Article seeks to […] articulate a defense of enforceable international labor rights and labor standards as part of a trade, investment and development strategy that will benefit whole societies, not just their wealthy sectors.

Part I of this Article lays out consensus labor rights and standards drawn from various sources, with examples reflecting concrete concerns that have arisen with the new era in global trade. Part II reviews the forums in which international labor rights claims can be made, with a discussion of the different oversight or enforcement mechanisms provided in these forums. The conclusion suggests "next steps" for labor rights advocates in the various forums, and recommends a new commitment to international labor rights and fair labor standards by employers, governments and trade unions caught up in the new global economy.


Suggested Citation
Compa, L. (1993). Labor rights and labor standards in international trade [Electronic version]. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations site:

Required Publisher Statement
Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Georgetown Journal of International Law © 1993. Final paper published as: Compa, L. (1993.) Labor rights and labor Standards in international trade. Law & Policy in Int’l Bus, 25 165-191. After Volume 34, Law and Policy in International Business changed its name to Georgetown Journal of International Law.