Publication – Everyday Transgressions

Everyday Transgressions. Domestic Workers’ Transnational Challenge to International Labor Law

Adelle Blackett (LLDRL-McGill University)

e are pleased to announce that Professor Adelle Blackett’s book Everyday Transgressions: Domestic Workers’ Transnational Challenge to International Labor Law (Cornell University Press, 2019) is now available for purchase.

In this book, Adelle Blackett tells the story behind the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Decent Work for Domestic Workers’ Convention No. 189, and its accompanying Recommendation No. 201, which created the first comprehensive international standards to extend protections and rights to domestic workers labouring in homes around the world. As the principal legal architect, Blackett takes us behind the scene to show us how Convention No. 189 transgresses the everyday law of the household workplace to embrace domestic worker’s human rights claim to be workers like any other – and like no other. She discusses the importance of historical forms of invisibility, recognizes the influence of the domestic workers themselves and wages in poignant experiences, infusing the discussions of laws and standards with a sense of intimacy and sophistication. Looking to the future, she ponders how international institutions such as the ILO will address labor market informality alongside national and regional law reform. Every Trangression establishes that domestic workers’ victory is a victory for the ILO and for all who struggle for an inclusive, transnational vision of labor law.

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More information about where to buy Everyday Transgressions and how to benefit from a special discount is available in this flyer.