Asia Conference Fall 2017

Interested in Asia, labor relations, Corporate social responsibility, or Dispute resolution?


Join the Scheinman Institute and ILR International Programs in an exciting student conference to present your research and learn from fellow students!

Worker Rights, Labor Law, and Dispute Resolution with the Global Supply Chain in Asia

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Scheinman Institute is pleased to host the second student-driven labor dialogue for China and Southeast Asia. Conference participation is available to ILR, law, and other Cornell students.

We are seeking students who will research and present basic findings on the following countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and China. Themes will include:

  • Labor implications of the Trans Pacific Partnership in Vietnam (TPP)
  • Comparative labor law, collective bargaining, and ILO standards
  • Comparative legal strikes and wildcat strikes
  • Comparative workplace dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration)
  • Codes of Social Responsibility in Asia: Public Relations or Effective Solutions?
  • Mapping Garments “Made in China:” Tracing the Economics of Global Trade

Each presenter or team will be assigned to a country or topic, present their research findings with Power Point, and receive feedback from faculty. Your commitment will end in one month, by October 7, unless you wish to pursue more research. This is a non-credit opportunity.

There will be a free dinner for all participating students, hosted by faculty.

Apply to be a presenter by Monday September 12

Email: Lowell Jackson ( and Richard Fincher ( with your proposed country or topic, personal information, and resume. Up to two students may apply for a single country or topic. You may apply as a team. Preference will be given to students who have taken courses or demonstrated interest in global labor law, the ILO, CSR, international trade, worker rights, or dispute resolution. This is a one month time commitment, which will end after the conference.

Asia Conference Coaches

Rocco Scanza, Extension Faculty, Scheinman Institute
Richard Fincher, ILR Instructor, (ILR BS)
Lowell Jackson, Student Assistant

Schedule of presentations

Thursday October 6, 2016: starting around noon (TBD based on students’ schedules), followed by the dinner.

Teaching Assistant

The TA for this Institute is Lowell Jackson. He can be reached at

ILR Office of International Programs

If you have questions concerning opportunities for global experience, contact Donna Ramil at

ILR students interested in this research opportunity may also be interested in applying to the Vietnam Winter Break Program, in January 2017.

Optional writing competition, post-conference

With sufficient interest, the Scheinman Institute will offer a student writing competition on labor issues in Asia. Student research may be placed onto the Scheinman ALAP (Asia Labor Arbitration Project) website.