Invigorating Enforcement Mechanisms of the International Labor Organization in Pursuit of U.S. Labor Objectives

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The purpose of international labor law at the beginning of the twentieth century and a motivating influence behind the formation of the International Labor Organization (“ILO”) was the prevention of international competition that exploited the vacuum of labor regulation at the expense of workers.’ World governments were hesitant to institute greater protections for workers due to a concern that doing so would make their domestic labor more expensive and therefore less competitive with other markets where cheaper labor could be found.2 Thus, the ILO was created in part to protect national economies by promoting enhanced protections in all member states, thereby ensuring labor protections would be to some extent equivalent between the member states…