Who Makes Your iPhone? China Migration, Labor, and Human Rights

April 4, 2012Duke Law News

April 4, 2012
12:15-1:15 PM
Room 3041
Duke Law School

Sponsored by the Program in Public Law, the Center for International and Comparative Law, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Triangle China Forum on Urbanization and Migration

Do you ever wonder who builds your iPhone? The New York Times and other news media have focused their attention recently on manufacturing trends in China and the globalization of U.S. companies such as Apple. The Program in Public Law hosts an exciting panel discussion on the complex geopolitical, labor, and human rights issues surrounding China’s economic revolution. Some historians claim this economic revolution unfolding at the turn of the 21st century in China will rival the global impact of the industrial revolution that took the world by storm at the turn of the 19th century. As part of this remarkable economic growth, some experts note that China is experiencing the largest migration shifts in the history of the world. This recent migration to manufacturing centers in China has helped to fuel the profit margins of companies such as Apple through this unprecedented supply of labor.

A couple of months ago, Apple surpassed Exxon to become the world’s most valuable company by market capitalization. At the same time, China now is second only to the U.S. in overall world market capitalization. Please join our panel of experts to learn more about China migration, labor, and human rights.

Noah Pickus, moderator
Nannerl O. Keohane Director
Kenan Institute for Ethics
Associate Research Professor of Public Policy Studies
Duke University

Paul Haagen
Professor of Law and
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Duke Law School

Donald Clarke
Visiting Professor of Law
Duke Law School and
David Weaver Research Professor of Law
George Washington University

Carlos Rojas
Associate Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, and Arts of the Moving Image
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department
Duke University

Eileen Chow
Visiting Associate Professor
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department
Duke University