Adelle Blackett tells the story behind the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention No. 189, which in 2011 created the first comprehensive international standards to extend fundamental protections and rights to the millions of domestic workers labouring in other peoples’ homes throughout the world. As the principal legal architect, Blackett shows us how Convention No. 189 embraces domestic workers’ human rights claim to be both workers like any other, and workers like no other.
Blackett is a professor of law and the Canada Research Chair in transnational labour law and development at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, where she teaches and researches in the areas of labour and employment law, trade regulation, law and development, critical race theory and slavery and the law. She founded and directs the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory. Her book manuscript entitled Everyday Transgressions: Domestic Workers’ Transnational Challenge to International Labour Law (Cornell University Press) was published in spring 2019.
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