Labour Rights Institute


Labour Rights Institute Past Events 2019

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Unfair Dismissal Law Revisited


  • Astrid Sanders, LSE
  • Virginia Mantouvalou, UCL
  • Luca Ratti, University of Luxembour

Chair: Nicola Countouris, UCL

About the event:

One of the most contentious, and practically relevant, areas of the employment statute book, sitting at the cross roads between dignitarian and job-security claims and the exercise of the managerial prerogative, unfair dismissal law is often the object of politically charged debates and conflicting regulatory rationales.
But has its less than linear, and not always principled or coherent, developmental trajectory reached its limits?
This panel of experts will revisit some of the key institutions and doctrines of the law of unfair dismissal while pointing out some of the inconsistencies of the current legal framework and suggesting a series of possible reforms that could restore coherence to this key area of employment legislation.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Book Launch: Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law

Introductory remarks:

  • Professor Dame Hazel Genn (UCL)


  • Professor Keith Ewing of KCL and
  • Professor Guy Mundlak of Tel Aviv University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at UCL
  • Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers & UCL

About the event:

In this event we will mark the publication of the book Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law (co-edited by Hugh Collins, Gillian Lester and Virginia Mantouvalou) at the UCL Faculty of Laws.
The book is based on an international academic conference, the Bentham House Conference, that we hosted at UCL in June 2016.
It brings together leading scholars in law and philosophy from around the world to examine the philosophical foundations of labour law. It addresses the political and theoretical challenges posed by globalization, marketization, and technological disruption, and explores why and how the law regulates and ought to regulate work and relations in the workplace on the basis of concepts such as human dignity, freedom and the prohibition of exploitation.

Wednesday 13 November 2019

A symposium celebrating the ILO's hundreth anniversary

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