Law and Development Institute

Law and Development Institute

22 septembre 2016

Austral University
Rooms 1 and 2
Cerrito 1250. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Le professeur Martin Dumas présentera une conférence organisée par le Law and Development Institute les 21 et 22 octobre prochains, à Buenos Aires, en compagnie de 30 leaders académiques mondiaux dans le domaine du droit et du développement.

Prof. P. Martin Dumas
Martin Dumas has studied social sciences and law in Québec City, Oxford, Toronto and London and practised labour and business law in Montréal and Toronto between 1997 and 2001, in various capacities. From 2002 to 2005 he was an international consultant on labour matters with the Secretariat created under the North American Agreement on Labour Cooperation, based in Washington D.C. He is the president of Filos Mundi and acts as consultant to several national and international organizations. In 2010 he received a PhD in law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and developed a constitutional platform designed to better supervise south-Asian child labour, under the aegis of consumocratic law, with RugMark/GoodWeave and its founder, recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.  Martin Dumas was invited to join the Governing Council of the Hydro-Québec Institute on Environment, Development, and Society, the Centre africain du travail, the Mallet Institute, the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work, the Interuniversity Research Network in CSR (Central Africa) as well as the Indian Labour Institute. He has received several scientific, legal and literary honours and awards. Professor Dumas has taught at Université Laval since 2009, and has been a visiting professor at George Washington University (Washington D.C.), the Université Lumière Lyon II (France), the High Institute of Commerce (DRC) and the G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, in Uttar Pradesh (India).

Presentation Title: Helping Working Children through Consumocratic Law - A Global South Perspective

On the basis of an in-depth case study of a transnational governance scheme driven by consumer power and designed to fight informal child labour in Southern Asia (GoodWeave), we examine its regulatory transparency problem from a Global South perspective and discuss some important implications for consumocratic and development law. There exists a major ideological gap separating the representations of those who consider child labour, in any form, as an abominable phenomenon, and those who candidly regard the role of working children as ‘assisting’ adults, in general. This is worth stressing because the quest for ‘good governance values’ underlying the development of Global Administrative Law (GAL), for instance – namely, transparency, among other ‘principles and values’ – has been severely criticised for its Occidentalism and lack of regard for local diversity and pluralism. As regards the principle of transparency, the occidentalisation thesis is indeed (dangerously) founded on the assumption that it be applied uniformly, with no space for asymmetric treatment.