21st Annual Labour Law Conference 2013

22nd Jul 2013 9:00am-5:00pm

Over the last two decades labour law reform has had a high profile in Australian policy debates - higher in fact than nearly all other advanced industrial societies. The seemingly endless calls for 'reform' and changes to labour law now mean Australia has a highly volatile industrial landscape - a volatility not arising from industrial disputation but which is policy induced. At this year's labour law conference we will explore ways to improve productivity within the existing system and consider how labour relations policy-making can be improved. Attention will be devoted to reflecting on what works well, how perceived problems in the law can in fact be managed in ways that prevent the need for yet more 'system reform' and how the statutory framework could be made more stable in the long term. Perspectives will be provided by legal strategists who advise pace setting employers and unions, key union and employer leaders who define strategies in light of what is (as opposed to those who lament what 'ought to be') and seasoned researchers knowledgeable of the operation of the law and how, more often than not, factors other than it are crucial for determining efficiency and equity outcomes.

This year's speakers include:

Professor Joellen Riley, Dean, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
The Hon Professor Geoffrey Giudice AO, University of Melbourne
Richard Bunting, Partner, Ashurst
Josh Bornstein, Principal, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Stephen Smith - Director National Industrial Relations, AiG
Tim Lyons, Assistant Secretary, ACTU
Anthony Forsyth, Associate Professor & Director, Juris Doctor Programs, RMIT
Geoff McGill, Visiting Industry Scholar, WRC, University of Sydney Business School
Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
Barbara Pocock, Director, Centre for Work + Life, University of South Australia
Chair: Professor John Buchanan, Director, Workplace Research Centre, University of Sydney Business School

Conference details:

  • Date:Monday, 22nd July 9:00 - 5:00pm
  • Venue Hilton, Sydney
  • Cost: Early Bird - $795 until 22nd May
    General Conference rate - $895
    USYD Staff and Part Time Student - $250 - Contact WRC
    Full Time Student - $100 - Contact WRC

Contact: cate.murray@sydney.edu.au

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