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Labour provisions in trade agreements: Neoliberal regulation at work?

JC Tham, KD Ewing

International Organizations Law Review | Published : 2020


There has been a significant increase of provisions dealing with labour standards in trade agreements (labour provisions). Will these labour provisions improve labour standards? This article takes up this question in relation to the ‘Labour’ chapter of the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (‘CPTPP’). This chapter provides the crucial test for whether labour provisions (as currently framed) will improve labour standards, having been hailed by the United States government as providing ‘the strongest protections for workers of any trade agreement in history’. Contrary to rhetoric accompanying this chapter, this article argues that it is a form of neoliberal regulation – faux r..

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