Extraterritoriality by Other Means: How Labor Law Sneaks Across Borders, Conquers Minds, and Controls Workplaces Abroad
Harry W. Arthurs
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
July 19, 2010
Stanford Law & Policy Review, Forthcoming
Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 25/2010
This Article challenges the state-centered description of labor law and impoverished view of extraterritoriality. It suggests that transnational flows of technology and capital, goods and services, and ideas and information have brought in their wake changes in political economy and social relations that have transformed regimes of public and workplace governance in all countries. It proposes that the extraterritoriality doctrine operates, if at all, only in the formal sense of not allowing one state to overtly project its law into the territory of another. But extraterritoriality does little to prevent the rules governing employment relations in one country from taking root elsewhere, from shaping foreign labor market norms, institutions, and practices, and from being reproduced, in their original or mutant forms, in foreign systems of labor law. The result is the extraterritorial projection “by other means” of labor law and policy - a form of extraterritoriality that has the potential to enhance as well as undermine labor standards in global enterprises.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: Labor Law, State Centered, Extraterritoriality, Technology, Political Economy, Employment Relation, Foreign Labor Market, Norms, International Economic Integration, Across Borders, Global Workplace, Transnational Corporation, Transnational Unions, Unions Alliance
JEL Classification: J49, J19, K31
Date posted: July 20, 2010
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