Theorizing Emancipatory Transnational Futures of International Labour Law
American Journal of International Law Unbound, Vol. 113, 2020
6 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2020
Date Written: 2019
In the troubling contemporary moment of “emancipated hatred,”precisely when the ILO stares down the predominance of informal labor markets, grapples with perilous mass labor migration, confronts topics that disproportionately affect gendered, racialized workers on the margins — in short, as it more visibly engages with labor law as development — the social justice-focused, embedded liberalism fostered by the ILO emerges as an aberration in a longer history of unfreedom. This realization calls for founding narratives to be reconsidered, to pay closer attention to how the governance level for labor has been misframed. It also calls for institutional courage to name alternatives for the ILO’s next century. Rather than cower in the face of rising nationalism and fascism, the ILO needs to cultivate transnational futures of international labor law that are emancipatory.
Keywords: Labour Law, Emancipation
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