AIAS Lunch Seminar 28 november - Beryl ter Haar & Maarten Keune (AIAS)

Day: Thursday November 28th 2013
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 3rd floor, M building, Plantage Muidergracht 12, Amsterdam
Registration: Please send an email, preferably before Tuesday 26th November 12.00 to register.
A sandwich will then be provided

International Framework Agreements

Beryl ter Haar & Maarten Keune


Abstract

There is a growing number of transnational private initiatives regulating social rights, including unilateral codes of conducts as part of the corporate social responsibility of a multinational corporation, multilateral initiatives of non-governmental organisations. This seminar focusses on one of these initiatives: international framework agreements (IFAs). IFAs are the result of transnational negotiations between on the one hand one multinational corporation and on the other workers’ representatives, often Global Union Federations (GUFs), but also world works councils and European works councils. A distinction can be made between agreements with an international scope (IFAs) and those with a European scope (EFAs). The purpose of both, IFAs and EFAs is to stimulate transnational social dialogue between a multinational and workers’ representatives as well as to promote compliance with labour standards. The first framework agreement dates back to the 1980s, however, they have gained increasing popularity over the last decade, with 20 in the early years of 2000 and more than 120 at the moment. Although IFAs/EFAs have become increasingly popular, they have been perceived with mixed enthusiasm. Since they are agreements between private actors on the transnational level, they are adopted and operating in a legal vacuum. Consequently, they have raised questions about their legal status, their legitimacy and their implementation and compliance mechanisms. Issues that have also attracted the attention of legal scholars and social scientists. In this seminar we will focus on IFAs more than EFAs. Based on a literature review we will provide an overview of the limits and promises of IFAs on the above named four issues.

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