Learning from the BITs: Bilateral Labor Agreements in Comparative Perspective
45 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2020 Last revised: 25 May 2021
Date Written: August 1, 2020
The recent proliferation of Bilateral Labor Agreements (BLAs) has attracted minimal scholarly attention. This agenda-setting article analyzes whether and how BLAs may serve as useful tools in improving the protection of the rights of migrant workers. The article undertakes a comparative study of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and BLAs, and draws lessons from BITs' success in protecting the rights of foreign investors.
Keywords: migration, migrant workers, labor migration, bilateral labor agreements, international law, bilateralism, multilateralism, secret treaties, fragmentation, comparative international law, international trade law, international investment law, bilateral investment treaties
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