Join the Labor and Worklife Program for a discussion with Sergio Gamonal and César F. Rosado Marzán, authors of the new book, Principled Labor Law, published by Oxford University Press. This book provides a thorough survey of Latin American labor law, applies Latin American principles to U.S. labor law, and provides tools for real-world, global application.
The book puts U.S. labor and employment law through a Latin American method, one based on “principles.” The book’s main argument is that U.S. labor and employment law jurisprudence can be reconstructed through a principled method that understands, and is truly concerned about, workers’ subordination under capitalism and, hence, primarily concerns itself with protecting workers. While the book is mostly concerned about jurisprudence, an argument is also raised that to more solidly protect workers, Congress should constitutionalize labor and employment law through the 13th Amendment. All the ideas in the book stems from traditional notions of constitutional, statutory, and court-based worker protections that prevail in Latin America, which we also describe in the book.
Sergio Gamonal C. is Professor of Law at Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile.
César F. Rosado Marzán is Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for Law and the Workplace at the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.