UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Virginia Mantouvalou

Prof Virginia Mantouvalou

Professor of Human Rights and Labour Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Jul 2011

Research summary

Professor Virginia Mantouvalou has published extensively on human rights and labour law. She works on legal and philosophical aspects of labour rights and other human rights. In her research, she examines workers’ exploitation, structural injustice, capabilities theory, global labour justice, privacy and free speech, protection from unfair dismissal, the right to work, the rights of undocumented workers, domestic labour, modern slavery. 

Her research has appeared in journals such as the Modern Law Review, the Journal of Law and Society, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, and the Industrial Law Journal. Her most recent co-edited book on the Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law (with Hugh Collins and Gillian Lester) was published by OUP in 2018.

She is currently working on a monograph on 'Structural Injustice, Workers' Rights and Human Rights' funded by the British Academy through a Mid-Career Fellowship.

Teaching summary

Virginia Mantouvalou teaches the undergraduate course Employment Law. For the LLM she convenes and teaches 'Human Rights at Work'. She also convenes and teaches the PhD Skills Seminars.


London School of Economics and Political Science
Doctorate, Doctorat |
University of Leicester
London School of Economics and Political Science
Other higher degree, Master of Laws |
University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow | 2009


Virginia Mantouvalou is Professor of Human Rights and Labour Law. She is also a member of the Editorial Committee of the Modern Law Review, and was previously joint editor of Current Legal Problems. Before joining UCL, she taught at the University of Leicester and the London School of Economics. She has also been Dean’s Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington DC. She holds a PhD in Law from the London School of Economics.

For her research, she has been funded through various awards, such as an AHRC grant and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. In 2017, Virginia received the UCL Provost Public Engagement Award for her research and collaboration with Kalayaan on migrant domestic workers.

She has worked as specialist advisor to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights and as consultant for the International Labour Organisation. She is on the management board of Kalayaan (organisation working on the rights of migrant domestic workers), the Equal Rights Trust (organisation promoting equality), and on the Executive Committee of the Institute of Employment Rights. 

Selected recent publications


V Mantouvalou, H Collins, G Lester (eds), Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law, OUP, 2018

V Mantouvalou (ed), The Right to Work: Legal and Philosophical Perspectives, Hart 2015


'Welfare to Work, Structural Injustice and Human Rights' (2020) Modern Law Review

'"I Lost my Job Over a Facebook Post: Was that Fair?" Discipline and Dismissal for Social Media Activity', (2019) International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations

'The UK Modern Slavery Act Three Years On', (2018) 81 Modern Law Review 1019

Book Chapters

'Legal Construction of Structures of Exploitation', in Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law, OUP 2018