Arbitrating Global Labor Disputes
by Rick Bales
In late June, four major civil society groups released a model dispute resolution system, focused on model arbitration clauses, for disputes on labor standards in supply-chain operations. Enforceable brand agreements protect workers from egregious labor violations and demand-side shocks such as the widespread shutdown of garment factories in Southeast Asia this spring as a result of the pandemic. For a summary of the new dispute resolution system, see this press release: https://laborrights.org/releases/four-major-civil-society-groups-release-dispute-resolution-system-and-model-arbitration. For a more in-depth discussion, there will be a webinar (https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/laborprof_blog/2020/07/webinar-on-arbitrating-global-labor-disputes.html) on July 17 led by one of the principal drafters and joined by several prominent panelists.
Rick Bales Professor is a faculty member at Ohio Northern University College of Law, where he teaches a variety of labor/employment and ADR courses. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles and authored or co-authored eight books on a variety of topics related to labor/employment/ADR. Rick also is a part-time labor arbitrator and a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators.
He has spoken widely on topics pertaining to innovative ways of teaching employment and labor law courses. Recent presentations have been in Berlin, Brisbane, Cartagena, Moscow, Paris, Phnom Penh, Prato (Italy), Saigon, and Siem Reap. He has twice been selected as a Fulbright Specialist, once each to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.
Before coming to ONU Law, Dean Bales was a faculty member at NKU Chase College of Law, where he was the Director of the Advocacy Center and he was Associate Dean of Faculty Development. Before that, he taught at the University of Montana Law School, Southern Methodist University Law School, and University of Houston Law School. Prior to his teaching career Dean Bales litigated employment cases for the Houston-based law firm of Baker & Botts and the Cleveland-based law firm of Baker & Hostetler.
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