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[Excerpt] In this talk I want to trace the development of the field and how international labour law has taken root in five areas: 1) trade legislation (namely, the US and EU Generalized System of Preferences), 2) trade agreements, 3) international organizations, 4) corporate social responsibility, and 5) lawsuits in national courts. In each, I try to give one or two examples of how international labour law works in practice. But first, some background on the international labour law field and my involvement with it.


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Compa, L. (2014, October). Re-planting a field: International labour law for the twenty-first century [Electronic version]. Lecture given at Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site:

Inaugural Lecture by Lance Compa on the acceptance of the Paul van der Heijden Chair in Social Justice at Leiden Law School.

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