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Nafta's Labor Side Accord: A Three-Year Accounting, Lance A. Compa Jul 1997

Nafta's Labor Side Accord: A Three-Year Accounting, Lance A. Compa

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[Excerpt] Any number of idealized "social charters" with universal standards and swift, powerful enforcement powers could be drafted by critics of the labor side agreement. But the NAALC was negotiated by sovereign governments with clashing business, labor, and political concerns. The result is a hybrid agreement, one that preserves sovereignty but creates mutual obligations and combines broad cooperation and consultation programs alongside contentious review, evaluation, and dispute resolution mechanisms. Most of all, the NAALC promotes engagement on labor rights and labor standards in an experiment not tested in any other international forum.


Comparing The Naalc And The European Union Social Charter (Transcript), Lance A. Compa Jan 1997

Comparing The Naalc And The European Union Social Charter (Transcript), Lance A. Compa

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This is a transcript of Professor Lance Compa’s presentation to the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation Conference held in Washington, DC on November 12, 1996 and published in the American University Journal of International Law and Policy.

[Excerpt] After all of the excellent comments this morning and so far this afternoon, both from the panelists and from the floor, I am not sure that I can say anything new about the NAALC. So, what I want to do in this intervention is add some comparative discussion with respect to the European Union and the social charter of the ...