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UCL Institute for Human Rights Co-Director, Dr Virginia Mantouvalou spoke at a House of Commons Panel Discussion on the new visa for overseas domestic workers, arguing that the visa regime, which ties overseas domestic workers to a particular employer, may be in breach of article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights that prohibits slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour. More...
Published: May 14, 2013 5:13:07 PM
The announcement that Professor Roberto Gargarella will be visiting the UCL Institute of the Americas on a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship has been welcomed by Dr Virginia Mantouvalou, Co–Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights:
"Professor Gargarella has made an outstanding contribution in the area of constitutional theory, social rights and democratic theory, and we will be delighted to also host him at the UCL Law Faculty and the UCL Human Rights Institute. We are also extremely pleased that he will give a Current Legal Problems lecture in the Faculty of Laws in 2014." Dr Mantouvalou is the Joint Editor of Current Legal Problems together with Dr Jeff King and Professor Charles Mitchell. More...
Published: May 14, 2013 4:49:06 PM
Justice for Domestic Workers 4th year Anniversary, Panel Discussion with IHR's Dr Virginia Mantouvalou
On Sunday 17 March, the organization Justice for Domestic Workers celebrated its 4th year anniversary and International Women’s Day. The events included a documentary, presentations by migrant domestic workers, and a panel discussion with Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL, Laws), Jamilla Duncan-Bosu (Islington Law Centre) and Catherine Kenny (Kalayaan). It was followed by writing a letter to MPs, as part of a campaign that will be launched to change the regime of the Overseas Domestic Workers’ Visa.
Published: Mar 22, 2013 11:59:08 AM
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Against Modern Slavery by Dr Virginia Mantouvalou
Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:11:05 +0000
On Tuesday 25 September, US President Barack Obama gave a powerful talk on human trafficking, describing abuses of workers’ rights as modern slavery. Obama undertook the commitment to make this a matter of priority for his administration. ‘We see you’, he said. ‘We hear you. We insist on your dignity’. Setting workers’ rights at the [...]Read more...
Immigration rules for domestic workers: a step closer to slavery, by Dr Virginia Mantouvalou
Fri, 02 Mar 2012 14:06:04 +0000
On Wednesday 29 February the UK Government announced new immigration rules, governing, among other issues, the visas of migrant domestic workers accompanying foreign visitors and diplomats. The rules provide that a domestic worker accompanying a visitor can stay for no more than six months, cannot settle in the country, be accompanied by dependents or change [...]Read more...
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