Transnational Labour Law and the Environment: Beyond the Bounded Autonomous Worker (Sara L. Seck)


Labour and environmental law operate in silos. This is equally true in the transnational sphere, despite the 2011 endorsement of UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Labour rights as human rights appear easier to grasp than environmental human rights, and the UNGPs specifically highlight the work of the ILO. Due to egregious events such as the Bangladesh Rana Plaza factory collapse, transnational governance regimes have emerged to better ensure building safety and respect for labour rights. Yet the process of production of “fast fashion” is not only a problem for workers whose health and safety are put at risk, but also for children and families who live in the vicinity of polluting factories and experience “slow death” as a result of contaminated air and water. This paper will explore how a reconceptualization of the worker as a relational being and corporeal citizen might bridge the silos.


Sara L. Seck. "Transnational Labour Law and the Environment: Beyond the Bounded Autonomous Worker" Canadian Journal of Law & Society Vol. 33 Iss. 2 (2018) Available at:


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