Virginia Mantouvalou is Co-Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights and Lecturer in Law. She is also joint editor of Current Legal Problems.
Virginia is the author of Debating Social Rights (with Conor Gearty, Hart, 2011), as well as articles, book chapters and essays in human rights, labour law and European law. In 2010 Virginia was Dean’s Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington DC. Before joining UCL, she taught at the University of Leicester and the London School of Economics.
Virginia holds a PhD in Law from the London School of Economics, an LLM in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and an LLB from the University of Athens. She has received several scholarships and awards for her research, including an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant to work on theoretical aspects of social and labour rights. Virginia has also worked as a consultant for projects of the International Labour Organisation and the Equal Rights Trust, and is a collaborator of FLOOR (the Financial Assistance, Land Policy and Global Social Rights project) at Bielefeld University in Germany.
Virginia’s main research interests are in human rights, labour law and European law. She works on theoretical and legal aspects of social and labour rights, the right to work, privacy, the rights of undocumented migrants, domestic labour, modern slavery and the interplay between human rights and labour law.
2013: ‘Slavery, Servitude, Forced and Compulsory Labour in the European Convention on Human Rights’, in The European Convention on Human Rights and the Employment Relation, Dorssemont, Lorcher, Schomann (eds), Hart Publishing, forthcoming
2013: ‘The Social and Labour Rights of Migrants in International Law’ (with Bernard Ryan), in Migration and Human Rights, Rubio-Marin (ed), Oxford University Press, forthcoming
2011: ‘Work and the European Convention on Human Rights: A Dynamic Relationship in Need of Justification’ in The European Convention on Human Rights: A Living and Dynamic Instrument- Liber Amicorum in Honour of Judge Rozakis, D Spielmann (ed), Bruylant, 377-397
2010: ‘Is There a Human Right not to Be a Trade Union Member?’ in Human Rights at Work: Perspectives on Law and Regulation, T Novitz, C Fenwick (eds), Hart Publishing, 439-462
2010: ‘The Council of Europe and the Protection of Human Rights: A System in Need of Reform’, (with Panayotis Voyatzis), in Research Handbook on International Human Rights Law, S Joseph, A McBeth (eds), Edward Elgar Publishing, 326-352.
2011: ‘Study on Labour Inspection Sanctions and Remedies: The Case of the United Kingdom’, International Labour Organisation, Labour Administration and Inspection Programme, Geneva
Work in progress:
'The Right to Work and the Right Not to Be Exploited of Undocumented Migrants’
‘Freedom Under Threat: The UK Domestic Workers’ Visa’