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 issues involving workers’ exploitation, structural injustice, capabilities theory, privacy and free speech at work, protection from unfair dismissal, the right to work, the rights of undocumented workers, prison labour and work in immigration detention, 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.

She is Articles Co-Editor of the Modern Law Reviewmember 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 ProblemsShe has held visiting positions at Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington DC and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.


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 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. She has also received the UCL Provost Public Engagement Award for her research with Kalayaan.

She has worked as specialist advisor to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights and as consultant for the ILO and the Council of Europe. She is on the management board of Kalayaan, the Equal Rights Trust, and the Institute of Employment Rights.

Recent Publications:

V Mantouvalou, 'Welfare to Work, Structural Injustice and Human Rights' (2020)83 Modern Law Review 929

V Mantouvalou, 'Structural Injustice and the Human Rights of Workers' (2020)73 Current Legal Problems 59

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