What is the course about?
This FREE online course discusses key policy proposals for regulating global supply chains to empower workers and their organisations. The course offers a combination of lectures, reading materials and zoom workshops with top experts from academia and the labour sector.
You can watch our webinar "Making Global Tax Evaders Pay: Transnational Cooperation to Tax Transnational Corporations", featuring Prof. Jayati Ghosh and Christoph Trauvetter from the Tax Justice Network, down below: https://youtu.be/h3asappb_Kw
The course has six content chapters. Starting from 1 September 2021, a new content chapter will be posted each week. After becoming fully accessible, the course will remain open for studying the course materials at your own pace.
Chapter 1: Introduction to the course
Chapter 2: Towards a fair trade regime
Chapter 3: Designing sustainable industrial policies
Chapter 4: Building a fair taxation regime
Chapter 5: Effective Mandatory Due Diligence
Chapter 6: Equitable purchasing contracts and practices
Chapter 7: Worker-/trade union- driven social responsibility
Global supply chains; Human rights mandatory due diligence; Fair-trade and taxation regime; Sustainable industrial policy; Worker-driven Social Responsibility; Fair purchasing contracts and practices
- At the end of the course, the participants will be able to define the key problems in the main areas affecting global supply chains, such as trade, taxation, due diligence, purchasing contracts and industrial policies.
- They will also be able to identify some key proposals for each area, and analyse the merits of various proposals and the policy challenges to their implementation.
- They will be able to relate to key concepts used in each policy area.
- Finally, at the end of the course, the participants will be able to provide arguments about the policy proposals.
What do I need to know?
This is a multi-disciplinary course drawing on the fields of social, political and economic sciences course. It is at the level of a Masters’ programme, but the concepts are explained in an accessible and well-illustrated way, so it is also possible to participate in the course using skills and knowledge acquired outside formal education.
The course requires a working level of English.
The estimated workload is 8-10 hours per chapter if you read also the key reading for each unit.
You will be able to obtain either a Certificate of Participation or a Certificate of Accomplishment for this course. The requirements for each certificate as well as scholarship possibilities are detailed in Chapter 1 of the course as well as in the last unit of the course.
Prof Mark Anner, Penn State University
Mark Anner is a Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, and Political Science, and he is the Director of the Center for Global Workers' Rights at Penn State University. He is also the chair of the MPS Program in Labor and Global Workers' Rights, which is a part of the Global Labour University network. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University and a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. Dr. Anner's research examines freedom of association and corporate social responsibility, labor law reform and enforcement, and workers' rights in apparel global value chains in Central America and Vietnam. His publications include Solidarity Transformed: Labor Responses to Globalization and Crisis in Latin America* (Cornell University Press, 2011). Before beginning his academic career, Mark Anner spent eleven years working with labor unions and labor research centers in Central America and Brazil, and he was a union organizer in Boston.
Dr Frank Hoffer
Dr Frank Hoffer is a research fellow of the Global Labour University. He studied in Bremen, London and Moscow. He holds a PhD in Economics. During his professional career, Frank Hoffer was a Labour Attache at the Germany Embassy in Moscow, worked as a senior research officer at the International Labour Organisation and served as the Executive Director of the ACT Foundation. His main areas of interest and research are social policy, wage policies and the application of international labour standards. He is a non-executive director of the GLU Online Academy board
Dr. Edlira Xhafa
Edlira Xhafa is the Executive Director of the Online Academy of the Global Labour University. She has a master's degree in Labour Policies and Globalisation from the Global Labour University (Germany) and holds a PhD in Labour Studies from the University of Milan, Italy. Since 2000, she has been engaged with national trade unions in her home country Albania, as well as in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Myanmar. She has also worked for, and collaborated with a number of international trade unions and labour organisations such as EI, PSI, BWI, ILO, FES and others.
I am a Professor of Political Science at McMaster University in Canada working on issues of international political economy, labour internationalism, and climate change. My most recent labour publication is Labour Internationalism in the Global South: The SIGTUR Initiative
I was Director of Campaigns and Communications for the international trade union federation of food, farm and hotel and catering workers IUF from 1991 until retirement in 2020. During that period I was actively involved in building trade union organization in transnational companies and their supply chains.
Dr Jane Kelsey
Jane Kelsey is an activist academic who specializes in international economic law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she has taught since 1979. In addition to academic research and writing, Jane actively monitors trade negotiations at all levels and provides a range of pro bono training, advisory and advocacy services to governments in the Global South, trade unions, and non-government organisations.
Executive Director, Cornell University ILR School New Conversations Project
Christoph Scherrer is professor for Globalization and Politics and executive director of the International Center for Development and Decent Work at the University of Kassel and a member of Steering Committee of the Global Labour University.
Meghna is a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. She has recently completed her Masters degree in Economics from JNU. She has been Research Associate at the Centre for Agrarian Research and Education for South (CARES).
Praveen Jha completed his Ph.D. from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University and is currently a Professor and Chairperson at the same Centre. He was also the founding Chairperson of the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies. He has been a Visiting Professor at several universities and institutions and was also a Visiting Fellow at the International Labour Organisation. His major areas of research and teaching include: Political Economy of Development, with particular reference to Labour, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Public Finance, Education, and History of Economic Thought. He is one of the founding members of the Agrarian South Network and a founding editor of the Journal: Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy. His latest book is Labour in Contemporary India (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Lara Merling is a policy advisor at the International Trade Union Confederation and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Merling studied post-Keynesian economics at the Levy Economics Institute and is currently finishing her PhD dissertation at the Bucharest University of Economics, in her home country of Romania. Her research focuses on how economics relates to the real world and the impact macroeconomic policies have on working people everywhere
Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Herr
Emeritus professor of the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Expert in Micro & Macroeconomics, International Economics, Economic and Monetary Policies.
Stefanie Lorenzen is a professor for business law, especially employment and labor law at the Berlin School of Economics and Law since 2009. She worked for two years at the Ministery of Justice in Windhoek, Namibia, where she supported a development aid study on legal reform after the country’s independence in 1994. From 1998 to 2009 she was an attorney-at-law specialised in employment and labor law, with an international law firm in Germany and in her own practice. At the Berlin School of Economics and Law she academically directs a Master programme in Business Law in an International Context, and lectures on International Labour Standards and working conditions along the global supply chain.
Ruwan Subasinghe is Legal Director at the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), a global trade union body representing over 18.5 million workers in 147 countries. He specialises in labour, human rights, and international law. Ruwan represents the ITF at external bodies, including the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He is frequently called up as an expert on international labour standards and, among other things, guest lectures at the International Training Centre of the ILO. Ruwan sits on the Advisory Boards of the International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW) Network and Cornell University’s New Conversations Project. He is also a Board member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). Prior to joining the ITF, Ruwan practised at an international law firm based in London. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Durham and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ms Marlese von Broembsen
Marlese von Broembsen is the Law Programme Director of Women in the Informal Economy, Globalising and Organising (WIEGO). Marlese has a Masters Degree in Development Studies and law degrees from the Universities of Cape Town and Harvard. She convened a Masters Programme in Social Justice at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town from 2009-2014. . She was awarded a Harvard South Africa Fellowship in 2014 and was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School from 2015-2017. Marlese has published on labour law and development, global value chains, and informal employment.
Dr. Edlira Xhafa
Edlira Xhafa posee una maestría en Políticas Laborales y Globalización por la Universidad Global Labour University (sede Alemania) y tiene un doctorado en Estudios Laborales por la Universidad de Milan, Italia. Desde el año 2000 se ha involucrado con diversos sindicatos en su propio país, Albania, así como también con organizaciones sindicales de Filipinas, Bangladesh, Camboya, Myanmar y otros países. También ha trabajo con un número de organizaciones sindicales internacionales, tales como la Internacional de la Educación, ISP, ICM, OIT y la FES. Ha publicado numerosos artículos y capítulos de libros en revistas internacionales y en otras publicaciones académicas.
Dr Bruno De Conti
Bruno De Conti is an Assistant Professor at the University of Campinas (Unicamp, Brazil). He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris 13 (France) and Unicamp. He was a Visiting Professor at the University Paris 13, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO, Russia), Free University of Berlin (Germany), Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (China). At Unicamp, he is the Coordinator of the BRICS Network University – Economics and Director of the Confucius Institute. His main researches are on the International Monetary System, Chinese Economy and BRICS.
General Counsel and Deputy Director for Research and Policy, Worker Rights Consortium