Global justice, labor standards and responsibility

Yossi Dahan, Hanna Lerner, Faina Milman-Sivan

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In this Article we propose an analytical framework for allocating responsibility for the protection of worker's rights in the global labor market. Since production and services have expanded globally, and the state's ability to protect worker's rights on the national level has been undermined, the main challenge today is to find the appropriate institutional arrangements that allocate responsibility in a manner that realizes basic labor standards. The Article argues that in the context of a global labor market, responsibility should be perceived in terms of "shared responsibility," whereby responsibility is shared by a complex network of agents and institutions that take part in global production and services. Within these global social networks and connections, labor relations generate a unique type of social connection which implies a special type of commitment and obligation towards workers. We propose four principles to guide the allocation of responsibility for remedying the unjust conditions of workers in the world, based on measures of connectedness (between people in joint activity), capacity (to relieve workers' hardship), benefit (from the unjust conditions), and contribution (to bringing the hardship about).

Original languageEnglish
Article number3
JournalTheoretical Inquiries in Law
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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