Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Susan Bisom-Rapp (Thomas Jefferson) writes to tell us that she and her co-authors are working on a new edition of The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law: Cases and Materials. The first edition, published in January 2007 by Cambridge University Press, was the first law school casebook on the subject. The team of authors from the first edition remains intact. In addition to Susan, it includes Roger Blanpain (Universities of Leuven (Belgium) and Tilburg (the Netherlands), Bill Corbett (Louisiana State), Hilary Josephs (Syracuse) and Mike Zimmer (Loyola-Chicago). The team, however, is changing publishers and the second edition will be produced by Aspen Publishers/Kluwer Law International (Aspen/KLI) with a publication target of early 2012.
The second edition, like the first, will use the forces of globalization as its backdrop, and develop labor and employment law in the context of the national laws of nine countries important to the global economy -- US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, China, Japan, and India. These national materials will be contextualized by coverage of international labor standards promulgated by the International Labour Organization, as well as principles that emerge from regional trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the European Union. A final chapter will cover corporate self-regulation through TNCs' global codes of conduct and the pursuit of international labor standards in US courts.
Since the first edition came out, however, there have been significant global developments that affect the global workplace. There have also been important legal changes that will be reflected in the new text. In addition to coverage of the latest trends and legal developments, the co-authors will add more cultural background materials to increase the comfort level for newcomers to international, but especially, comparative employment law. The co-authors plan to provide many more concrete classroom exercises that will aid professors and students to encourage the development of their interest in the subject.
Susan notes the first edition was designed as an "out of the box" offering for labor and employment law professors. To that end, the first edition is supported by a dedicated website that provides background information, PowerPoint slides that can be customized by adopters, advice and publications on the pedagogy of international and comparative workplace law, and a 212 page instructor's manual, the only instructor's manual in the field. This approach will be continued and refined in the second edition. Feedback from adopters and others is most welcome.