Chicago Journal of International Law


Junlin HoFollow


This Development introduces the concept of a decentralized trade-labor link based on ILO standards and reporting as an effective means for ending child labor. Part II of the Development defines the concept of child labor and provides current statistics on the number of children involved in it, including the worst forms of child labor. Part III discusses the history and structure of the ILO, the organization's commitment to abolishing child labor, and how these factors make the ILO uniquely positioned to monitor child labor violations. Part IV lays out the principle of trade-labor linkage, the inability of the international community in creating and implementing trade-labor linkage, and how individual parties in the United States have begun to implement such a link on a national level based on ILO standards and reporting. In conclusion, the Development argues that given the practical realities of the ILO and WTO, a decentralized national system of trade-labor linkage using ILO standards and reports to determine labor compliance is a more effective means of abolishing child labor than the theory of an international trade-labor linkage.