Law and Inequality
n the United States, a significant part of the debate over passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) focused on the agreement's potential effects on the American worker. United States labor organizations and their congressional supporters opposed NAFTA based on their belief that Mexico's low wages and minimal worker protection would entice U.S. companies to move to Mexico, resulting in a loss of American jobs. An underlying assumption of their argument was that Mexican labor laws were either inadequate to protect workers' interests or inadequately enforced.
Stephen F. Befort and Eric Janus, The Role of Legal Education in Instilling an Ethos of Public Service Among Law Students: Towards a Collaboration Between the Profession and the Academy on Professional Values, 13 Law & Ineq. 1 (1994), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/28.