This book examines the legislative protection of the right to work in China from an international law perspective. The right to work as a human right is an understudied subject, so is its national protection in China. The book conducts a systematic and comprehensive exploration on the content and State obligations regarding the right to work in international law, including both international human rights law and international labor law. It also examines the latest developments in China’s legislation, especially labor law, in the light of clarified international standards. In the end, the book analyses the implications of the Chinese experiences to the international human rights system.
The book is meant for academics and other actors who are interested in China’s legal system, labor issues, and human rights protection.
In The Right to Work in the Chinese Legislation, Ms. Lu has done much more than the title promises. Not only has she made a well written and clearly argued analysis of the extent to which Chinese legislation meets international right to work standards, she has provided a lucid view of the Chinese legal system. She has done so in a manner that allows even readers that are not familiar with China to understand the basic structure and functioning of the Chinese legal system and the role of international law therein. She has done so – and this is even more impressive – while not disappointing readers that are well versed in the Chinese legal system. As such her expose on the domestic application of international law as well as the sources of law in China is directly usable for those teaching Chinese law. The breath of her research, while still maintaining a clearly structured and analysed argument, is also impressive, covering even elements of China's administrative punishment system such as the reeducation through labour system.
Prof. Dr. B. van Rooij, Amsterdam Law School and director of the Netherlands China Law Center
This book is about a subject on which very few publications are currently available in English. The study carefully researches how Chinese legislation on labour issues has developed over the years and is gradually moving closer to international standards. The book is very rich in its selection of materials and also the approach chosen is original and comprehensive. I believe this piece of work is a valuable contribution to understanding recent developments in China from an economic, social and legal culture perspective, but it also deserves credits because it analyzes how these developments relate to human rights notions and concerns.
Prof. Dr. F. Coomans, UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Peace, Maastricht University
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