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This chapter explores the option of enforcing established international labor standards against employer-transnational corporations (TNCs) through Alien Tort Statute (ATS) litigation. It discusses the enforcement of so-called core labor rights under ATS. The International Labor Organization (ILO) has identified four so-called core labor rights or standards with the widest support and recognition among States in international labor law in its 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (the "Declaration"): the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor; the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment; the effective abolition of child labor; and the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining. The chapter examines the actionability of ordinary labor standards.

Keywords: Alien Tort Statute (ATS); child labor; forced labor; international labor standards



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