This Article discusses the meaning and significance of core labor standards and the importance of linking them to trade agreements. It explains why the "protectionist" label often attributed to such linkage efforts by their detractors is misleading, as the example of China illustrates, repression of labor rights constitutes a form of unfair competition which undermines efforts to create a more just and stable world economy.
Jonathan P. Hiatt & Deborah Greenfield,
The Importance of Core Labor Rights in World Development,
Mich. J. Int'l L.
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