Enforcing Labor Rights Against Multinational Corporate Groups in Europe
12 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2005 Last revised: 17 Dec 2014
Date Written: 2007
Multinational enterprises have gained extraordinary global economic power in the absence of adequate mechanisms of legal responsibility for violation of human and labor rights in developing countries.
The article shows that voluntary corporate codes of conduct can have certain quasi-legal effects for national legal systems, but enforcement of labor standards remains with the national governments and national courts.
There are two main obstacles for enforcement of labor rights against multinationals, namely barriers to access to justice in multinationals' home countries and limited liability concept. These obstacles are understood differently in common and civil law jurisdictions of Europe and require different approaches to overcome them.
Keywords: Multinational enterprises, labor law, extraterritorial jurisdiction, codes of conduct
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