Property Rights and Labour Rights Revisited: International Investment Agreements and the Social Clause Debate

Posted: 26 Jul 2004

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Christopher McCrudden

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law; University of Michigan Law School; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Abstract

This paper compares the debates over a social clause in international investment agreements to the tensions between property and labour rights in domestic legal systems. The treatment of labour standards in the failed attempt to negotiate a Multilateral Agreement on Investment in 1998 is considered and the possibility for greater convergence of approaches since then is analysed.

Keywords: international investment treaties, social clause, MAI, property rights, labor standards

JEL Classification: K31, K33

Suggested Citation

McCrudden, Christopher, Property Rights and Labour Rights Revisited: International Investment Agreements and the Social Clause Debate. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=568344

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