Labour Standards in a Globalised EconomySymposium

Systemic deficiencies of US FTAs’ arbitral labour dispute settlement procedures

The lack of arbitral practice has been the subject of intense analysis in international economic law.

Deciding international disputes solely on the basis of law while excluding economic and political aspects of power, at least to a large extent, is a concept which can suit arguments between powerful and less powerful states. From this perspective, US free trade agreements are an interesting research topic. Remarkably, from earlier FTAs such as the NAFTA labour side agreement, the North American Agreement on Labour Cooperation (NAALC), to more recent FTAs …