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Workshop on the Right to Work

Start: May 25, 2012 09:00 AM
End: May 25, 2012 05:30 PM

Location: UCL Laws, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, WC1H 0EG

Prof. Katherine Stone (UCLA), Prof. Mark Freedland (Oxford), Prof. Sophie Robin-Olivier (Sorbonne), and Dr Nicola Countouris (UCL).

The UCL Institute for Human Rights and the UCL Labour Rights Institute hosted a one-day international workshop on the right to work.

With the generous support of the Modern Law Review and the Human Rights Consortium of the School of Advanced Study.

About the Event:

The value of work cannot be underestimated in today’s world. Work is instrumentally valuable because productive labour generates goods needed for survival, like food and housing; goods needed for self-development, like education and culture; and other material goods that people wish to have in order to live a fulfilling life. In a market economy, productive labour benefits not only those who produce goods by bringing them income, but also those who purchase and consume those goods. But work is not only valuable for the income and goods it generates. It is crucial for a person’s feeling of membership in society. In addition, work also has an intrinsic value. A job generally inspires a sense of achievement, self-esteem, as well as the esteem of the others. Work is a crucial good, which is today in short supply. Do we have a human right to this good? What is the content of this right? Does it impose a duty on governments to promote full employment? Does it impose an obligation to promote healthy and safe conditions at work? Who are the right holders? Do migrants have a right to work, for example? How about illegal immigrants? This international workshop will address questions such as these.


Professor Guy Mundlak (Tel Aviv University), Professor Hugh Collins (LSE), Professor Katherine Stone (UCLA), Professor Sophie Robin Olivier (Paris, Sorbonne), Dr Alan Bogg (Oxford), Professor Diamond Ashiagbor (SOAS), Professor Kerry Rittich (University of Toronto), Dr Nicola Countouris (UCL), Dr Amir Paz-Fuchs (Ono Academic College), Professor Sir Bob Hepple (Cambridge), Professor John Tasioulas (UCL), Professor David Wiggins (Oxford), Professor James Nickel (University of Miami), Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL).

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