The present period is marked by increasing cross-border flows of goods, services, and capital; transformations in corporate organization; transitions in political regimes and social systems; and new patterns of labor migration and trafficking. These changes raise many pressing questions about the regulation of workplaces and labor markets from the local to the global levels. Major themes in the seminar include: Which regions and social groups are the winners and losers in the global economy? What is the relationship between labor rights and economic development? Can we design regulatory institutions to enhance democracy, equality, and compliance with labor rights at the domestic, regional and international levels? What is the relationship between public and private enforcement of labor rights and standards? Topics include: comparative models of labor law in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia; core international labor rights; linkage of labor rights with trading systems; enforcement of cross-border labor rights by U.S. courts and executive officials; multinational corporations and codes of conduct; the "living wage" movement; transnational union organizing; cross-border networks of labor migration and trafficking; and household labor and the informal sector.