Cornell University

Cornell Global Labor Institute

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Faculty Bios

Lance Compa

Senior Lecturer

Lance Compa is a Senior Lecturer at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations where he offers courses on domestic U.S. labor law and on international labor law. Before joining the Cornell faculty in 1997, Compa was the first Director of Labor Law and Economic Research at the Secretariat of the labor commission established by the North American Free Trade Agreement.  Prior to his 1995 appointment to the NAFTA labor secretariat, Compa taught labor law, employment law and international labor rights as a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management. He also practiced international labor law for unions and human rights organizations with the International Labor Rights Fund in Washington, D.C. He worked for many years as a trade union organizer before moving to international labor law practice and scholarship.

Compa has written widely on trade unions, international labor rights, and other topics for a variety of law reviews and journals of general interest. He is co-editor of Human Rights, Labor Rights, and International Trade (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003). In the 1970's, 80's and 90's he carried out extensive labor rights research and reporting in Central and South America. He has served as a consultant to the Labor Ministry of Cambodia, and is also the principal author of recent AFL-CIO reports on workers' rights in Mexico, Sri Lanka, and China.

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Sarosh Kuruvilla

Professor of Collective Bargaining, Comparative Industrial Relations, and Asian Studies

Sarosh Kuruvilla is Professor of Collective Bargaining, Comparative Industrial Relations, and Asian Studies in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He joined Cornell's faculty in 1990.  Professor Kuruvilla comes to academia after a career in corporate labor relations and human resources in a British Multinational Corporation. He obtained his doctorate in business administration from the University of Iowa in 1989.  His research interests focus broadly in the area of comparative industrial relations.  His research is policy oriented, focusing on the relationship between economic development strategies of countries and their labor and human resource policies.  In this area, he has been a consultant to the ILO, the World Bank, and several Asian governments.  More recently, he has been focusing his research on international labor standards as well as on outsourcing. He also works with corporations and labor unions internationally.

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