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The Contribution Of The 2006 Ilo Maritime Labour Convention To Global Governance

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This chapter briefly explores current aspects of the international law of human welfare and human dignity in the realm of the oceans. It describes the emerging regime to protect the rights of seafarers, embodied in the 2006 International Labour Organization (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), and examines the contribution of this regime to the transformation of international law in the era of globalization. The 2006 MLC, was adopted unanimously on 23 February 2006 by the International Labour Conference (Maritime). It was negotiated over a period of five years by the tripartite constituents of the ILO. Its provisions are spread to over a hundred pages of text. The MLC is the very first comprehensive consolidation of international labour standards. With the founding of the ILO, the pursuit of social justice and the promotion of peace were advanced as the more primordial and persuasive objectives of international social standard setting.

Keywords: International Labour Organization (ILO); international labour standards; international law; maritime labour convention (mlc); rights of seafarers; social justice



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