Kevin Kolben

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Associate Professor and Department Vice Chair
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Academic Info

J.D. University of Michigan Law School


Labor rights, international labor law, corporate social responsibility, international trade law, Asian business


Business Govt & Society; Law & Legal Reasoning

Professor Kevin Kolben is a recognized expert on transnational labor regulation and labor governance in supply chains. His work has appeared in various leading journals, including the Harvard International Law Journal, the Virginia Journal of International Law, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, and the UCLA Journal of International Law, among others.

He frequently presents his work around the world, and has given presentations at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Notre Dame Law School, the University of Melbourne, and Tel Aviv University, among others. He is also often invited to speak to governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the European Parliament in Brussels, and the Confederation of Indian Industry in India.

Professor Kolben has been a visiting professor at the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, and a visiting senior fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School. In addition to his academic work, he also regularly consults with various governmental and non-governmental organizations such as the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He currently is serving a two-year appointment to the Federal Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of Trade Agreements in the United States Department of Labor.

Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers Business School, Professor Kolben was a senior associate with Human Rights First in its Workers Rights Department where he worked on issues of corporate accountability and international labor regulation.  Professor Kolben holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, a J.D. from the University of Michigan, as well as an M.A. in South Asian Studies also from the University of Michigan.


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Bangladesh Factory Collapse, Like Triangle Fire, Should Bring About Change

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

On April 24, just outside of Bangladesh’s capital city, one of the worst industrial disasters in history killed over one thousand workers and injured scores more in the dubious service of making cheap clothing for consumers. Professor Kevin Kolben discusses what steps could be taken to turn tragedy into a moment of reform.  More ›

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