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Fundamental Labour Rights in China - Legal Implementation and Cultural Logic

  • Ulla Liukkunen
  • Yifeng Chen

Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 49)

About this book


This volume gathers together chapters that address the theme of implementing fundamental labour rights in China. It explores the legal framework as well as key institutions and other actors along with the socio-economic context involved in interpretation, implementation, enforcement and overall promotion of fundamental labour rights in China. As a collection of chapters, it assembles comparative and mutually complementary perspectives and insights by distinguished scholars from China, Europe and the United States. With its broad perspective on implementation, the book discusses the most topical challenges to realizing fundamental labour rights in China.

China was among the founding members of the ILO. With the regulatory approach of the ILO, fundamental labour rights have gained a new foothold as a key pillar in managing the social dimension of globalization. The development of fundamental labour rights protection in China can be viewed as part of a larger development within China’s domestic economic and social transition as well as its integration into the global economic system.While China has ratified four of the eight ILO core conventions, the challenge of effective implementation and enforcement in the domestic context remains. With its in-depth research on fundamental labour rights in the particular cultural context of the Chinese experience, this book studies Chinese labour law from multiple perspectives, at the same time examining the wider role of international labour standards in developing Chinese law and society.  

This volume is a remarkable enlargement of existing scholarship on international labour standards, on the one hand, and fundamental labour rights in China on the other. These chapters thoroughly analyse the legal and institutional framework for implementing labour law in China. Among the topics covered are fundamental labour rights including freedom from forced labour, prohibition of use of child labour and non-discrimination. In addition, this volume benefits from socio-historical observations on the cultural logics that inform implementation of fundamental labour rights in China in which the history and current development of Chinese labour law are equally reflected with substantive depth. 


Child Labour Issue Collective Bargaining System Equality and Social Inclusion in the Workplace Fundamental Labour Rights Fundamental Labour Rights in China History of the Evolving Labour Law in China Implementation of the Regulatory Framework Implementing Labour Laws in Republican Shanghai International Labour Organization Legal Institutions and the Implementation of Labour Legislation on Sexual Harassment at Work and Its Implementation Modern Chinese Labour Law Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in China Political and Moral Economies

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulla Liukkunen
    • 1
  • Yifeng Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Peking University Law SchoolBeijingChina

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