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

Virginia Mantouvalou is Professor of Human Rights and Labour Law.


She has published widely on labour law and human rights. Her research examines workers’ exploitation, structural injustice, prison labour, privacy and free speech at work, protection from unfair dismissal, the right to work, the rights of domestic workers and other migrant workers, welfare conditionality and modern slavery.


Her research has appeared in leading journals, such as the Modern Law Review, the Journal of Law and Society, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, the Industrial Law Journal, and the Critical Review of International Social and Political PhilosophyIt has been cited in judicial decisions, including judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of South Africa.


She has received awards for her research, including a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, an AHRC grant, and a UCL Provost Award for Public Engagement for her research collaboration with the NGO Kalayaan (on the rights of domestic workers).


She is articles Co-Editor of the Modern Law Review, member of the editorial board of the Stanford Studies in Human Rights, Co-Editor of the UK Labour Law Blog and the Studies in Law and Social Justice, and was Joint Editor of Current Legal Problems.


Her book Structural Injustice and Workers’ Rights is forthcoming by OUP in 2023. Her co-edited book Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law (with Hugh Collins and Gillian Lester) was published by OUP in 2018.

Teaching summary

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


University of Leicester
London School of Economics and Political Science
Doctorate, Doctorat |
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 holds a PhD in Law and LLM in Human Rights from LSE, and an LLB from the University of Athens. For her research she has been funded through various awards, such an AHRC grant and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.


She has held visiting positions at Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington DC and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. She has worked as Specialist Advisor to the UK Joint Committee of Human Rights and a consultant of the Council of Europe and the ILO. She is also Chair of the NGO Kalayaan.


Selected Publications

V Mantouvalou, Structural Injustice and Workers’ Rights, OUP 2023

V Mantouvalou, ‘Welfare-to-work, Structural Injustice and Human Rights (2020) 83 Modern Law Review

H Collins, G Lester and V Mantouvalou, Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law, OUP 2018