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The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law Cases and Materials, Second Edition

Roger Blanpain, Susan Bisom-Rapp, William R. Corbett, Hilary K. Josephs, Michael J. Zimmer


  • ISBN: 9781454815662

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  • Description

    The first casebook covering both international and comparative labor and employment law is characterized by its authorship by prolific, respected scholars, all of whom have taught law outside the United States. A solid conceptual framework compares national laws dealing with individual collective employment rights, including antidiscrimination law and privacy law, and considers the systems used to resolve labor and employment disputes in the context of international labor law. A sweeping coverage of international labor law considers the International Labour Organization, NAFTA and other bilateral trade agreements that include labor standards, and the European Union. In addition, The Global Workplace explores transnational corporations’ self-regulatory efforts (or codes of conduct,) and the mechanisms for pursuing international labor standards in United States courts. Comparisons are drawn among the laws of the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Japan and India. Exploring the similarities and the differences among various approaches to the employment relationship allows students to better understand and evaluate the approach each country takes, and helps them develop a normative approach to labor and employment law. National legal materials are presented within historical and cultural context. A Teachers Manual and Website provides background information for the material in the casebook, answers to questions and problems in the text, additional problems, sample syllabi, exams, and PowerPoint slides.

  • Details
    Page Count 1032
    Published 03/12/2012
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    Summary of Contents

    Part I. Employment Law in the International Realm

    Ch. 1. The Study of International and Comparative Employment Law

    Ch. 2. The International Labor Organization and International Labor Standards

    Part II. Employment Law in North America

    Ch. 3. The United States

    Ch. 4. Canada

    Ch. 5. Mexico

    Ch. 6. The Labor Standards of NAFTA and Other Free Trade Agreements

    Part III. Employment Law in the European Union

    Ch. 7. The European Union

    Ch. 8. The United Kingdom

    Ch. 9. Germany

    Ch. 10. France

    Part IV. Employment Law in Asia

    Ch. 11. China

    Ch. 12. Japan

    Ch. 13. India

    Part V. Strategies for Obtaining Humane Working Conditions

    Ch. 14. Pursuing International Labor Standards in U.S. Courts and Through Global Codes of Conduct

  • Author Information

    Susan Bisom-Rapp

    Professor Bisom-Rapp is an expert on employment discrimination, occupational safety and health, and international and comparative workplace law, who writes and lectures internationally. Her co-authored casebook, The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law - Cases and Materials (Cambridge University Press 2007), is the first law school text on the subject. She is presently at work on the second edition, which will be published in 2012. A member of the Thomas Jefferson faculty since 1996, Professor Bisom-Rapp also serves on the international council of the Doctoral Research School in Labour and Industrial Relations at the Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena, Italy. She is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal’s editorial board. She recently became a faculty affiliate of the University of California - San Diego's Center for Research on Gender in the Professions and a member of the Employee Rights Center's professional advisory committee.
    Professor Bisom-Rapp served as Director of Thomas Jefferson's Center for Law and Social Justice from 2004-2008, was a Visiting Associate Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2003, and has taught law in China and France. As a doctoral student at Columbia University, she was a Wien Fellow and received a dissertation grant from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Before beginning her academic career, Professor Bisom-Rapp practiced workplace law at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York City.

    William Corbett

    Professor Corbett teaches and writes primarily in the area of labor and employment law. He joined the law faculty of the LSU Law Center in 1991, after practicing in Birmingham, Alabama with Burr & Forman. Professor Corbett has been a visiting faculty member at two law schools: William & Mary spring semester 1996, and the University of Georgia fall semester 2004. He served as Interim Vice Chancellor and then Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the LSU Law Center May 1997 to January 2000. Professor Corbett served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Judicial College 1998-2000. He has served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel since January 2001.

    Roger Blanpain

    Born in 1932, Roger Blanpain is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Leuven, Belgium, as well as visiting professor at INSEAD, and director of the Institute for Industrial Relations at the University of Leuven.
    Among his numerous responsibilities, he is President of the Belgian Association of Industrial Relations and a member of the executive committee of the International Society of Labour Law and Social Security
    An lawyer of international renown, he has been editor of International Corporate Labour Law and the Bulletin for Comparative Labour Law. He has published many texts in a variety of languages and is general editor of The International Encyclopaedia of Laws, published by Kluwer Law International Publishers.

    Hilary Josephs

    Professor Josephs is the Dean’s Distinguished Research Scholar of Asian Law. She has published articles on labor law, international law, foreign investment and comparative law. She is the author of Labor Law in China and the co-author of The Global Workplace – International and Comparative Employment Law: Cases and materials.
    Professor Josephs earned an A.B. from Radcliffe College and a J.D. from the University of Hawaii. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her doctorate studies focused on East Asian languages and civilizations with a specialization in Chinese history and literature.
    Prior to her teaching career, Professor Josephs clerked for the Supreme Court of Hawaii and spent several years in private practice in New York City as a corporate attorney.
    She has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, American Society of Comparative Law; as Chair, Comparative Law Section, American Association of Law Schools; as External Examiner for the University of Hong Kong Law Department; and as External Reviewer, Hong Kong Research Grants Council. She was elected to membership in the International Academy of Comparative Law in 2000.

    Michael J. Zimmer

    Professor Michael J. Zimmer received his A.B. and J.D. from Marquette University, where he was Editor in Chief of the Marquette Law Review. He also holds an LL.M from Columbia University, where he was named a James Kent Fellow. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Thomas E. Fairchild of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and then served as an associate at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee.
    He began his law school teaching career at the University of South Carolina and he has taught at a number of law schools, most recently as a visiting professor of law at Northwestern University. He joined the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1978, served as Associate Dean from 1990 to 1994 and was on the faculty until 2008. He has taught in summer programs to American law students in Italy, France and England and to Chinese law students in Beijing.
    A widely recognized scholar in the areas of employment discrimination law, labor and employment law and constitutional law, Professor Zimmer is co-author of one of the first and still the leading employment discrimination casebooks as well as co-author of the first casebook on international and comparative employment law. He has also published many articles in leading law journals.

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